Indian Space Research Organization will launch its eighth navigation satellite IRNSS-1H to augment the existing seven satellites of NavIC. This satellite is a “back-up” for the first IRNSS-1A whose three rubidium atomic clocks on board had stopped working.
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System known as IRNSS is an autonomous regional navigation satellite system developed by India. The operational system or constellation of the seven satellites established by them was named as “NavIC” by the Honorable Prime Minister of India. It offers services like road and under the sea navigation, managing calamities, tracking motor-vehicles and naval force management, a navigation aid for climbers and travellers, audio and visual navigation for drivers.
ISRO launched seven satellites of NavIC before this, namely, IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID,1E, 1F and 1G which were successfully launched on July 02, 2013, Apr 04, 2014, Oct 16, 2014, Mar 28, 2015, Jan 20, 2016, Mar 10, 2016 and Apr 28, 2016 respectively and all are functioning satisfactorily from their designated orbital positions.
IRNSS-1H boarding on PSLV-C39 will be launched by the end of this month. In the same year, setting a world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch, it has established India’s reputation as one of the champions of the space research programs. Slowly moving to a self-sustained and commercial satellite based navigation system provider, NavIC’s signals would be put to great use in the future.
Forwardly, India’s own “GPS” would be more accurate providing standard positioning services to all the users with a position accuracy of 5 meters. It would be helpful in monitoring the movement of trains in the vast Indian railway network or navigating road routes as one travels throughout the country, or increase the efficiency of deployment of the transportation sector. It would also improve women’s safety, based on the usage of panic signals triggered from the panic button on modern Indian devices.
Another initiative of “Make in India” and “Made for Indians,” every citizen is proud of the glorious achievement and grand display of Indian science and technology. India among US, Russia, European Union, Japan and China is the sixth country to create its own satellite based navigation system and actively pushing the frontier to its highest extend.