The Indian Government has approved in May 2006, a project to implement an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) in the next six to seven years.
IRNSS consists of a constellation of seven satellites and a large ground segment. Three of the seven satellites in IRNSS constellation are in GEO (Geostationary Orbit) at 32.5°, 83° and 131.5° East, while the other four satellites are in an inclined geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of 29° with longitude crossing at 55° and 111.75° East. All the seven satellites have continuous radio visibility with Indian control stations.
Each satellite has two payloads: a navigation payload and CDMA ranging payload in addition with a laser retro-reflector. The payload generates navigation signals at L5 and S-band. The design of the payload makes the IRNSS system inter-operable and compatible with GPS and Galileo.
The satellites are based on the I-1K (I-1000) bus. Both GEO and GSO satellites have the same configuration.
With the system becoming operational, it was named NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation).
In addition to the seven original satellites, ISRO announced in January 2016, that four more will be built as spares. The first of the spares will be launched in late 2017 to replace IRNSS 1A, which suffered failures in its atomic clocks.
The launch of the first replacement satellite, IRNSS 1H, failed, when the heat shield failed to separate. Although it reached orbit, it is likely a loss of mission.
|Type / Application:||Navigation|
|Equipment:||Navigation payload, CDMA ranging payload, laser retro-reflector|
|Configuration:||I-1K (I-1000) Bus|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||1425 kg; 614 kg (dry)|
|Orbit:||3 in GEO (#1C, #1F, #1G), 4 in 29°-inclined GEO (#1A, #1B, #1D, #1E)|
|IRNSS 1A||2013-034A||01.07.2013||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1B||2014-017A||04.04.2014||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1C||2014-061A||15.10.2014||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1D||2015-018A||28.03.2015||Sr SLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1E||2016-003A||20.01.2016||Sr SLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1F||2016-015A||10.03.2016||Sr SLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1G||2016-027A||28.04.2016||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL|
|IRNSS 1H||2017-051A||31.08.2017||Sr SLP||f||PSLV-XL|