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Indian navigation satellite to be mated with rocket this week

Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 11:34 AM
Chennai, March 16, 2015: The Indian space agency is hoping to mate the country's fourth regional navigation satellite around March 19, after replacing a faulty transmitter on Monday, said a senior official.

"The new transmitter is expected to be fixed in the satellite and tested. Then the fully assembled satellite will be mated with the rocket," M.Y.S. Prasad, director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) told IANS over phone.

The transmitter from ISRO Satellite Centre, located in Bangalore and that is part of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), reached SDSC on Sunday.

After mating the satellite with the rocket, a full system check would be carried out and then the rocket launch date would be fixed.

Prasad said if everything goes well then the space agency is planning to launch the rocket towards the end of March.

The 1,425 kg satellite - Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1D) - was supposed to be launched on the evening of March 9 by an Indian rocket called Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL).

The ISRO on March 4, however, deferred the launch after it found one of the telemetry transmitters in the IRNSS-1D not working properly.

Subsequently, the satellite was dismounted from the rocket to attend to the technical glitch.

It is the first time in ISRO's history that a satellite had to be dismounted from a rocket due to a problem in it.
Agency: IANS
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