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ISRO is all set to launch NextGen navigational satellite tomorrow

NVS-01 is the first of India’s second-generation NavIC satellites powered by two solar arrays and a Lithium-ion battery.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its next-generation navigational satellite – NVS-01 on Monday.

The 2,232-kilogram satellite will fly onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 29.

The satellite would provide real-time positioning and timing services over India and a region approximately 1,500 km around the mainland. It is a regional navigation system that is a constellation of seven satellites in different orbits.

Two solar arrays capable of generating up to 2.4 kW will power the satellite along with a Lithium-ion battery supporting payload and bus load during the eclipse.

This mission has an anticipated duration of 12 years and will be accompanied by an indigenously developed Rubidium atomic clock from Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad. According to ISRO this clock is a significant technology possessed by only a few nations.

You can watch the live coverage of the NVS-1 mission from Sriharikota on ISRO’s YouTube Channel.