India successfully puts its fifth navigation satellite into orbit

India has successfully put into orbit in textbook style its fifth navigation satellite called IRNSS-1E powered by its own PSLV rocket. India’s successful launch – its first this year – has now moved it closer to joining a select group of nations possessing their own satellite navigation systems. Each satellite costs around Rs.150 crore while the PSLV-XL version rocket costs around Rs.130 crore. The seven rockets would involve an outlay of around Rs.910 crore. The space agency’s officials said IRNSS system was unique in the sense that it comprises of only seven satellites while other similar systems in the world have more than 20 satellites. However, while other systems are global, the Indian system is regional in nature.