Desi Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem

India Strategic - - NUCLEAR & SPACE -

NEW DELHI. In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( ISRO) has de­ployed an in­dige­nous re­gional po­si­tion­ing sys­tem named as “Nav­i­ga­tion with In­dian Con­stel­la­tion” (NavIC). It con­sists of seven satel­lites in a con­stel­la­tion to pro­vide Po­si­tion, Nav­i­ga­tion and Tim­ing (PNT) ser­vices in In­dian main­land and sur­round­ing re­gion up to 1500 Km. It pro­vides two types of ser­vices viz. Stan­dard Po­si­tion­ing Ser­vice ( SPS) and Re­stricted Ser­vice (RS).

A bud­get of Rs 1,420 Crore was ap­proved by the Gov­ern­ment for the re­al­i­sa­tion of the sys­tem in­clud­ing 7 in-or­bit satel­lites, 2 satel­lites as ground spare and as­so­ci­ated ground seg­ment (see at­tached chart).

ISRO has es­tab­lished the re­quired space seg­ment of the NavIC sys­tem for pro­vid­ing sig­nal in space en­abling po­si­tion, nav­i­ga­tion and tim­ing in­for­ma­tion and it can sup­port com­mer­cial civil ap­pli­ca­tions such as ves­sel track­ing, ve­hi­cle track­ing, mes­sag­ing ser­vices for fish­er­men, mo­bile-Apps for nav­i­ga­tional alerts across mar­itime ju­ris­dic­tions, etc. Var­i­ous types of user re­ceivers are be­ing de­vel­oped in­dige­nously in­volv­ing In­dian in­dus­try and dis­cus­sions amongst gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, user­receiver man­u­fac­tur­ers, sys­tem in­te­gra­tors and ser­vice providers are tak­ing place for the us­age of NavIC sys­tem.

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