CHENNAI:India enters exclusive GPS Club by Lunching its own Nvigation Satelite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today.
India moved closer to realising its own navigation satellite system similar to the American Global Positioning System or GPS with the launch of its seventh and final satellite.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who watched the launch via a live video link, congratulated scientists at India’s space agency ISRO and said the system would make India independent in navigation.
When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational in about a month’s time, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS would offer a host of services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management and navigation for drivers.
The successful launch made India one of the five countries in the world to have its own network of navigational satellites, PM Modi said. The system would also be made available to neighbouring South Asian countries, he announced.
According to ISRO officials total cost of all the seven satellites is Rs. 1,420 crore. ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33) lifted off from the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai, at 12.50 PM and soared into clear skies.