Desi Global Positioning System
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.