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PM congratulates ISRO on launch of nation's navigation system

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Published on 29 April 2016 7:25 AM GMT

PM congratulates ISRO on launch of nations navigation system
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday applauded the Indian scientists for the successful launch of IRNSS-1G (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) and accomplishing the task of developing the country's own navigation system.

Prime Minister’s Tweets:

ISRO's tweet:

India joins the league:

  • With the launch of its seventh satellite, India has joined the league of countries that have their own indigenous navigation system and has reduced its dependency on US global positioning system.
  • Apart from India, only a few other countries, including the US, the European Union, China and Russia have their own navigation systems in place.

About IRNSS-1G:

  • IRNSS-1G which has a 12-year mission would become operational in about a month’s time.
  • When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) would offer services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, and visual and voice navigation for drivers.
  • Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C33 ,carrying IRNSS-1G, lifted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 12.50.
  • Around 20 minutes after liftoff, PSLV-C33 successfully placed IRNSS-1G in the orbit.

About IRNSS:

  • IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India.
  • The space segment consists of the IRNSS constellation of seven satellites. All the satellites are being configured identically.
  • Designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India, the constellation of seven satellites will facilitate research & development and aid the commercial purposes of the country.
  • The restricted service of IRNSS will be used by the military for missile delivery and navigation and tracking of aircraft.
  • According to ISRO officials, the total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.

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