Launching of Replacement Navigation Satellite

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Indian Space Research Organisation has launched IRNSS-1I on 12th April 2018 to replace IRNSS-1A. IRNSS- 1I carried refurbished Atomic clocks.

IRNSS 1A had a failure of three Rubidium atomic clocks and IRNSS constellation is functioning with only six satellites.  The move to launch the replacement satellite for IRNSS 1A was imperative to complete the seven satellite NavIC constellation. However, IRNSS-1A is still being used for messaging services.  The Rubidium clocks were from the same Swiss company. The clocks of NavIC and GALILEO developed problems that were similar in nature.

A thorough analysis and simulation on the failure of the atomic clocks were done. Finally, it was traced to one of the feedthrough capacitor carrying the DC supply to the physics package, getting into a problem due to excess temperature rise. This was corrected in the IRNSS-1I clocks.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in  Rajya Sabha today.

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