Third orbit-raising completed on navigation satellite : ISRO
 Source : IANS  Date : 04-Jul-2013


Chennai, July 4 : The Indian space agency Thursday afternoon successfully completed its third orbit-raising maneuvers of its first navigation satellite - the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1A (IRNSS-1A), said officials.

The orbit-raising activity is done by firing the satellite's on-board motors towards its geo-synchronous orbit at 36,000 km.

The IRNSS-1A was launched July 1 from Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 80km from here.

According to ISRO officials the satellite's onboard motor was fired for around 35 minutes and the result was as per the original plan.

Two more such orbit-raising activities will be made Friday and Saturday from ISRO's mission control facility at Hassan in Karnataka.