India on Wednesday successfully launched its fifth navigation satellite ‘IRNSS-1E’ on-board the workhorse PSLV-C31 here, taking another step to join a group of nations equipped with their own satellite navigation systems like the US-based Global Positioning System. In a precise textbook launch, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C 31 blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, about 110 km from Chennai at 9.31 am and released the satellite into the orbit 19 minutes and 20 seconds later.

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the ISRO team on the launch and heartily congratulated to ISRO team on the successful launch. Lauding the dynamism and determination of ISRO scientists, 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on twitter that they have made our country proud. Congratulating the dynamism & determination of ISRO & Our scientists on successful launch of PSLV C31 & putting IRNSS-1E in orbit precisely. Spoke to the scientists of ISRO and Congratulated them on their accomplishment today.

IRNSS-1E is the fifth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, comprising seven satellites.

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