The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro)’s geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) rocket carrying navigation satellite NVS-01 lifted off from Sriharikota and placed it into orbit on May 29, Report informs referring to Business Standard.

With this, Isro aims to augment the continuity of Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) services with the launch of the satellite.

The 51.7-meter-tall rocket lifted off from the second launch pad, located about 130 kilometers from Chennai.

The second-generation navigation satellite series is considered a significant launch that would ensure the continuity of NavIC services – an Indian regional satellite navigation system, similar to GPS, providing accurate and real-time navigation in the country and a region extending to 1,500 km around the mainland.

“The signals from NavIC are designed to provide user position accurate to better than 20 meters and timing accuracy better than 50 nanoseconds,” Isro said.