April 22, 2021
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Space integration
Sharing the fruits of Gagan with neighbours In a major policy decision aimed at reaching out to the neighbours, Indian Government has decided to offer the services of Gagan (GPS- aided Geo Augmented Navigation) system designed to support the civil aviation traffic over the Indian skies and in adjoining areas to South east Asian countries to help them generate financial resources and showcase the country’s next generation navigation and surveillance technologies. Essentially, Gagan meaning sky in Sanskrit is a satellite based augmentation system which helps aircraft navigate and operate smoothly and efficiently by making use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) signals. In fact, moments after the successful flight of the four stage Indian space workhorse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch  Vehicle), Prime Minister Narendra Modi  while addressing the Indian space community at the spaceport  in Sriharikota island had highlighted the need for India to extend the services of India’s home grown  navigation satellite system IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).   Incidentally, two satellites of the seven spacecraft IRNSS constellation being developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to end Indian dependence on US GPS system are already in operation. In fact, it was the difficulties which India had encountered while accessing the US developed GPS especially for defence applications that nudged the country
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