All navigation satellites in place Will undergo several months of testing
(Xinhua special feature). On April 28 India launched a satellite, marking the completion of the set-up of this South Asian country’s own regional satellite navigation and positioning system.
India announced the successful launch of IRNSS-1G satellite using a homemade rocket at the Sriharikota launch pad in Andhra Pradesh.
IRNSS is the abbreviation for “India Regional Navigation Satellite System”. India launched the first satellite of this system on April 28, 2013. This latest launch was the seventh and the final satellite of the system with the estimated life of the satellite estimated to be 12 years.
According to the Hindustan Times, this system will be tested for three to four months after which it will start running. According to the estimates by ISRO, this system will take at least a year to be put into operation for business application. India hopes that this satellite navigation and positioning system will allow India to break away from dependence on America’s Global Positioning System (GPS).
The design of the Indian GPS consists of seven satellites in orbit and two other spare satellites on the ground. They will provide land, sea and sky positioning and navigation services with a radius of 1500 kilometers. It covers India and peripheral parts of the region with positioning accuracy of 10 meters. It provides two types of services, one is for all the users and other for authorized users.
Hindustan Times report also said that apart from civilian use, the development of India’s own satellite navigation and positioning system will also be extremely important for safeguarding accurate positions during wars.
India also hopes that this system will help in developing related domestic industries. The incumbent head of the satellite navigation project in ISRO, A.S Ghanshyam, said that once the system is put into operation, companies may make large quantities of terminal equipment for signal reception.
He also suggested that Indian government should make it compulsory for government organizations and departments for emergency affairs to use this system, in order to produce excitement in businesses to take the initiative for researching and developing terminal equipment, thus in turn, expanding the scope of the application of this system further.