The successful launch of ISRO’s IRNSS-1G, the seventh and final navigation satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Spacecraft System, drew immense praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who congratulated the scientists for giving India its own GPS.
PM Modi termed the system ‘Navic’, inviting SAARC nations to “navigate with Indian constellation” of satellites. Modi said the benefits from this new technology will benefit people of the country, particularly the fisherfolk. “The benefits from this new technology will help our people, our fishermen. The world will know it as Navic,” Modi said. “This is example of Make in India, made in India and made for Indians. 125 crore Indians have got a new Navic,” Modi he added.
“First and foremost I want to congratulate all ISRO scientists and the entire team. I also congratulate the people of India,” Modi said in a televised address.
Underlining that through space science lives of people can be transformed, he noted that India has launched seven such navigation satellites which have been successful. “With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a great gift to people from scientists,” the Prime Minister said.
“Our efforts will help not only India but we can help fellow SAARC nations as well,” he said.
When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational in about a month’s time, 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, visual and voice navigation for drivers.
IRNSS-1G launched from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. IRNSS is the Indian navigation system which envisages establishment of regional navigation system using a combination of GEO and GSO spacecraft.
The IRNSS comprises seven satellites and while four satellites would be sufficient to start operations, the remaining three would make it “more accurate and efficient”, claims ISRO.
IRNSS system is expected to provide position accuracy of better than 20 m over Indian region and an area extending about 1500 sq km around India. It consists of three Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) spacecraft and four spacecraft in Geosynchronous orbit inclined at 29 degrees.
The total cost of all the seven satellites is said to be Rs 1,420 crore.
(With inputs from PTI)