India Launches Its 7th Navigation Satellite For Very Own GPS

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India has launched their seventh navigation satellite into space called IRNSS-1G. ISRO's satellite carrier PSLV C33 took the seventh navigation satellite into the sky. The launch was performed at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Chennai.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India announced that India's navigation system will be called 'Navigation with Indian Constellation' or NAVIC. India's navigation system will consist of seven state-of-the-art satellites.

Over the next few months, ISRO will be testing the performance of their satellites. After all the tests and verifications go through the NAVIC will be put to use. ISRO claims that its satellites will provide an accuracy up to 20 metres.

ISRO will be offering an open or Standard Positioning Service for general public. They will also be offering a Superior version, which will be used by the Indian Military. For added safety the Superior version will be a restricted service and will have high-level encryption.

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Story first published: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:43 [IST]
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