ISRO’s GSLV rocket lifts off NVS-01, the next generation navigational satellite

Taking a significant leap, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched a state-of-the-art navigation satellite using GSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The mission aims to revolutionize position and timing services by providing real time data.

The satellite, known as NVS-01, is a pioneering addition to the second generation of satellites envisaged for navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) services. Its primary objective is to provide accurate position and time information over a wide area spread over the whole of India and about 1,500 km from the mainland.

With the NVS series of satellites, ISRO plans to not only strengthen the existing NAVIC system but also introduce advanced features that enhance its capabilities. The launch sets the stage for a new era of satellite-based navigation in India, unlocking multiple applications and benefits for various sectors.

ISRO’s visionary approach and the successful deployment of NVS-01 is an important milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in navigation technology. As the nation adopts this state-of-the-art satellite, it lays the foundation for a more accurate, efficient and robust positioning and timing system that meets the diverse needs of India and its neighboring regions.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) began its 15th mission carrying the NVS-01 navigation satellite weighing 2,232 kg. As per reports, the GSLV launched the satellite into space at an altitude of 51.7 metres.

After a precise flight of 19 minutes, the NVS-01 satellite was precisely placed in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. In the upcoming phases, the planned orbit-raising maneuvers will guide NVS-01 to its intended geosynchronous orbit, as confirmed by ISRO.

According to ISRO’s statement, after about 20 minutes of lift-off, the rocket will inject the satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) at an altitude of about 251 km.

The NVS-01 satellite is equipped with navigation payloads in L1, L5 and S bands. Notably, this second generation satellite series boasts an indigenously developed rubidium atomic clock, which sets it apart from its predecessors.