India’s old warhorse in space, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), was on its latest mission on Monday night to power the country's first regional navigational satellite into space.
This achievement also lands India into an exclusive group of nations that own satellites which help navigation on the ground.
The 1,425-kg IRNSS 1A satellite has a navigational payload and a ranging payload, which together give the users accurate information that helps vehicles navigate correctly.
We have had another excellent launch of the PSLV rocket, ISRO chairman S Radhakrishnan told a crowded press conference after the liftoff.
We are entering into a new era in space technology, he added.