How India’s own GPS will improve our lives

The IRNSS 1-G launch will help in many ways, from disaster to development

GN Bureau | April 29, 2016


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Prime minister Narendra Modi watches telecast of the launch of the IRNSS-1G on Thursday
Prime minister Narendra Modi watches telecast of the launch of the IRNSS-1G on Thursday

From finding directions to checking traffic and locating nearby cool hangout places, we cannot imagine our lives without the old and faithful buddy GPS. But so far we had to depend on the US’s global positioning system (GPS) for such a ubiquitous application. Now, the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s (ISRO) determination to provide us an alternative has finally come true. With the IRNSS 1-G launch on Thursday India can now boast of having its own positioning system. The IRNSS 1-G launch was the seventh and final satellite in the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) series.

This series of satellites aims to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to an area of 1,500 km. IRNSS will be to the subcontinent what the US’ GPS is to its users worldwide, but with far greater precision and in Indian control, according to ISRO.

It will help in everyday uses and provide greater precision for aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, among others. It will be of great use for Indian military and defence services. With our very own positioning system we can make highly accurate and precise digital maps, pinpointing every nook and corner. The constellation of satellites will not only improve positional and navigational accuracy on land but also on sea and air. 

Also, it can help the government in achieving its Digital India mission. Read more here.

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