Hindustan is continuously increasing its strength in water, land and air. India is also doing many new experiments in this series. Till now India was dependent on foreign countries in many cases, but now India itself is becoming self-sufficient. On 11 November, India acquired its own Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System. India has become the fourth country to do so. Earlier, this system was only with the US, Russia and China.
Under the Government of India
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System IRNSS has been developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It is a regional autonomous satellite navigation system completely under the Government of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named it Sailor while dedicating it to the fishermen of India.
Will work up to 1500 km
The objective of IRNSS is to provide accurate information to the user of the country and its area up to a distance of 1500 km from the country’s border. In this system of seven satellites, only four satellites are capable of output, but three other satellites will also make the information collected more accurate. The price of each satellite is around Rs 150 crore. The PSLV-XL launch vehicle costs Rs 130 crore.
The Indian Ocean will reveal the exact location
IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed in India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to aid navigation of ships in the Indian Ocean. It will replace the US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS) in the Indian Ocean spanning about 1500 km across the Indian border. Till now we were dependent on America for this technology. Director General Amitabh Kumar said that merchant ships in the Indian waters can now use “modern and more accurate systems” ie IRNSS as an optional navigation module.
Recognition received on 11 November
The IMO is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has recognized the IRNSS as the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) during its 102nd session held from November 4 to 11. WWRNS and the Indian navigation system are similar to GPS, which is commonly used worldwide by maritime shipping vessels or the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).
India is the fourth country
After the US, Russia and China, which have their own navigation systems, India has become the fourth country to have its own independent regional navigation system. Unlike GPS, however, IRNSS is a regional and not a global navigation system. According to the Directorate General of Shipping under the Union Ministry of Transport, Shipping and Waterways, this is a big step towards self-reliant India.
2500 ships will help
According to Director General of Shipping Amitabh Kumar, there are 2,500 merchant vessels in the Indian waters at any given time, all of which can use IRNSS. He said there is a modern and more accurate system of navigation. The system is based on the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) satellites used for navigation.