It’s time to move away from the navigation systems lGPS, GLONASS and Galileo as all of them are controlled by other nations and more importantly why to use them when we have our own desi navigation system — the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS on our mobile phones.
Here are some more reasons to adopt “Made in India” Navigation System
- India is now proudly among five nations in the world which have established their own satellite navigation system. The four other countries that have their own navigation satellite systems are US, Russia, China and the European Union.
2. It has been named as NAVIC or Navigation with Indian Constellation, dedicating it to India’s fishermen and navigators.
3. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System comprising seven satellites would be able to provide a navigation system with much better accuracy and targeted position.
4. This navigation is not just important for finding the closest food joint when you are hungry! It holds huge importance for locating & tracking mobile assets like trucks, earth-moving machinery and will be very useful for marine and air navigation too.
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5. The system will provide two types of services—a Standard Positioning Service for all users and restricted service, an encrypted service for authorized users only.
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6.It is designed to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services over India and the radius of 1,500 km around India.
7. This system has so much potential that also our neighboring SAARC countries which are dependent on foreign systems and can now make use of this Indian system.
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8. The system is very much similar to the GPS of the US which has 24 satellites, Glonass of Russia (24 satellites), Galileo of Europe (27 satellites) and China’s Beidou, so there will no hassle in using this system
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9. It will have a ground control center in the southern city of Bangalore and tracking stations across India will monitor the system 24 x 7
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10. As per ISRO officials, total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore and it has a 12-year mission life.
We are now one of five countries with our own navigational system. We salute ISRO and the entire team for their efforts for making it easier to have more accurate navigation facilities and making India self-reliant on another important technology.