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.

- Media Nama

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.

- RIA Novosti

Image: First stage of Proton-M rocket launcher. Image by alexpgp via Wikipedia under e Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.

Published Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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