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India’s own navigation system goes live with IRNSS-1G launch

India is set to get its own version of Global Positioning System (GPS) called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), after the launch of the 7th IRNSS satellite by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) yesterday. The new satellite—IRNSS-1G—completes the entire cluster of the independent regional navigation system, which was first initiated in July 2013. ISRO claims that the IRNSS is designed to provide position information of the entire country and around 1500km around the Indian mainland (boundaries). It also claims that the IRNSS will offer accurate position information to users in India with a position accuracy of better than 20 metres in these areas. A ground facility has also been setup by ISRO across 18 different locations in the country, which will be responsible for satellite ranging and monitoring, generation and transmission of navigation parameters, etc., The IRNSS-1G…

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