The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro’s) work-horse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is getting ready for its 28th flight, after the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
PSLV-C26 and will use ‘XL’ version of PSLV and this is the seventh time the XL configuration is being flown.
IRNSS-1C has a lift-off mass of 1425.4 kg. The configuration of IRNSS-1C is similar to that of IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B.
The satellite has been realised in less than six months after the launch of its predecessor.
It will carry two types of payloads – navigation payload and ranging payload. The navigation payload of IRNSS-1C will transmit navigation service signals to the users.
This payload will operate in L5 band (1176.45 MHz) and S band (2492.028 MHz). A highly accurate Rubidium atomic clock is part of the navigation payload of the satellite.
The ranging payload of IRNSSS-1C consists of a C-band transponder, which facilitates accurate determination of the range of the satellite. IRNSS-1C also carries Corner Cube Retro Reflectors for laser ranging, said Isro.