India launched a satellite today to set up the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), similar to the US GPS with the launch of IRNSS-1G, the last in the constellation of seven satellites.
When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational in about a month's time, the IRNSS would offer services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.
IRNSS will provide public navigational services such as helping with disaster management as well as movements of India's military, including those of ships and aircraft. When fully operational, the system will provide two types of services; standard positioning service and restricted service. The former will be provided to all users while the later will be an encrypted service for authorised users such as the military and security.
Indian officials estimate the project will cost 14.2 billion rupees ($238.6 million).
The XL variant was used during the launch of Mars Orbiter Mission, Chandrayaan-1, ASTROSAT besides the six earlier IRNSS satellites.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to fund $39,325 to Ranchi based scientist for researching and developing the temperature sensors for aerospace application. The application would be utilized in missile or rocket system for determining its location in space, TOI reported Sunday
The Indian Space Research Organization has awarded an $82 million contract to Raytheon Company to modernize the Indian air navigation system. Raytheon will build the ground stations for the GPS-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation System, and ISRO will provide the space segment and additional ground equipment
The Indian government is likely to institutionalize an independent regulator outside the purview of Ministry of Defense (MoD) to deal with private sector players in major defense manufacturing programs. The Cabinet Committee on Securities (CCS) is expected to finalize the inclusion of Strategic Partners (SPs) model that the government plans to enter into with private firms in critical and high-end defense projects like submarines, helicopters, fighter planes requiring long term commitments,
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