The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday completed its landmark mission for a regional navigational system on par with US-based GPS with the successful launch of the seventh and last in the constellation of satellites that make up the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. When the IRNSS-1G, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, becomes operational in about month, the Indian system promises to offer better accuracy than the Global Positioning System of the US.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated scientists of ISRO and the people of the country on the achievement saying, . “The world will know it as Navic…that is navigate with Indian constellation…. The new technology will benefit our people, our fishermen. This is a great gift to people from scientists.”

“This is an example of Make in India, made in India and made for Indians. 125 crore Indians have got a new Navic.”

IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) will be to the subcontinent what the GPS is to its users worldwide, but with far greater precision and in Indian control, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation. It is expected to provide position accuracy of better than 20 m over Indian region and also an area extending up to 1,500 sq. km around India. The system will also provide terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travellers along with visual and voice navigation for drivers. And it can also be integrated into phones. Other civilian applications include mapping, disaster management, and vehicle and fleet management.

ISRO had launched and operationalised other six satellites – IRNSS-1F on March 10, 2016, IRNSS-1E (January 20, 2016), IRNSS-1D (March 28, 2015), IRNSS-1C (October 16, 2014), IRNSS-1B (April 4, 2014) and IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013. According to ISRO officials, the total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.

Congratulations Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of its 7th and final navigation satellite.

Image Source: isro.gov.in