GNSS Satellite Update: Indian Launch Successful, Russia Loses Three GLONASS Birds in Rocket Failure
About a fortnight late but the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has finally launched its first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota yesterday [July 1] night.
This is first of the seven navigation satellites to be launched and the organization plans to launch the remaining satellites by 2015-16, following which it will be able to provide navigation service in the country.
A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three Glonass satellites veered off course seconds after its launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space center early Tuesday, crashing in a large fireball.
The rocket was carrying three GLONASS satellites. Toxic smoke and a fuel leak are causing health and environmental concerns. This is the second failure of a Proton-M rocket in the past three years.