In May, Isro will launch a navigation satellite for its constellation


Yes, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to launch its navigation satellite, IRNSS-1I, on April 12, 2018. The satellite will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. It will be the eighth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation. The launch is expected to take place at 4.04 am IST.

Once the IRNSS-1I is successfully placed in the intended orbit, India will have its own navigation system on par with the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). The system will be used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking, and fleet management.

The first seven satellites of the IRNSS constellation have already been launched between July 2013 and April 2016. With the addition of the eighth satellite, the system will have a total of nine satellites. The IRNSS system will become operational after the ninth satellite is launched in May 2018.