ISRO launches final satellite to complete regional navigational system NAVIC

It would offer services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, and navigation aide for travellers.

On Thursday India launched the seventh and final satellite required for a regional navigational system, called Navigation With Indian Constellation, or NAVIC. This would be similar to the United States-based Global Positioning System. When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational around one month from now, NAVIC 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, reported PTI. All seven satellites, IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D, IRNSS-1E, IRNSS-1F, and IRNSS-1G, of the proposed constellation were precisely launched on 1 July 2013, 4 April 2014, 16 October 2014, 28 March 2015, 20 January 2016, 10 March 2016 and 28 April 2016.

India’s GPS named ‘NAVIC’While the system was already operational with four satellites, the remaining three in the constellation were required to make it “more accurate and efficient”, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. The total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the launch and said that NAVIC would not only help India, but also other SAARC nations. “The new technology will benefit our people, our fishermen. This is a great gift to people from scientists…This is [an] example of Make in India, Made in India and Made for Indians,” Modi added.

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After the launch, India has attained the pride position to be among the world’s five countries which have their own GPS system and navigation system, Modi said in a televised address.

Over the next six months, all the IRNSS satellites will be stabilised in their final orbital positions, Isro spokesman Deviprasad Karnik said.

A ground control centre in the southern city of Bangalore and tracking stations across the country will monitor the system round the clock.

Isro scientists have been riding high since an Indian spacecraft successfully reached Mars in 2014 on a shoe-string budget, winning Asia’s race to the Red Planet and sparking an outpouring of national pride.

In Hindi What PM said:
मैं सबसे पहले ISRO के सभी वैज्ञानिकों को और ISRO की पूरी टीम को ह्रदय से बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद करता हूँ , उनका अभिनन्दन करता हूँ| मैं सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों को भी इस नए नजराने के लिए अनेक अनेक शुभकामनाएं देता हूँ| स्पेस साइंस में भारत के वैज्ञानिकों ने अविरथ पुरुषार्थ करके अनेक सिद्धियाँ प्राप्त की हैं और आज देश अनुभव कर रहा है | स्पेस साइंस के माध्यम से सामान्य मानविकी के जीवन में भी कितना बदलाव लाया जा सकता है| टेक्नोलोजी मनुष्य के जीवन में भी किस प्रकार से उपकारक हो सकती है और भारत का स्पेस टेक्नोलोजी के क्षेत्र में पदार्पण भारत के सामन्य मानव की जिन्दगी में बदलाव के लिए, व्यवस्था में सुधार के लिए, सुगमता के लिए एक बहुत बड़ी भूमिका अदा कर रहा है|

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