Surely you must have heard of the ‘Make in India’ concept that our government is pulling out all stops for putting into play. Well, with the way things seem to be unfolding, the ‘Make in India’ could well be underway. How? Well, the Indian think-tank of technology is set to devise and develop a navigation-system called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS that would compete with the American Global Positioning System (GPS). By the way the scenario is being set up, looks like GPS could well be a thing of the past for Indians if and when IRNSS becomes active in our mobile phone. Here are 7 things you ought to know about this new-age technology:
Before things actually get underway, the ISRO is hosting a special meeting in Bangalore, calling out all the major stakeholders in location and navigation device manufacturers, mobile phone manufacturers and global information system (GIS) technology developers.
The meeting is being held for ISRO to put forth pointers explaining why and how IRNSS is going to be better bet than the existing GPS.
Better than Before
Speaking on the subject, an ISRO official was quoted as saying, “Both these L and S band signals received from seven satellite constellation of the IRNSS are being calculated by a special embedded software which reduces the errors caused by atmospheric disturbances significantly. This in turn gives a superior quality location accuracy than the American GPS system.”
ISRO will also demo-showcase the how the seven IRNSS constellation satellites will be able to provide far more accurate information than the GPS. The satellites will become operational in July 2016.
The importance of IRNSS project is further reflected by the fact than senior scientists from the coveted Space Application Centre (SAC) Ahmedabad will also be in attendance.
ISRO is recommending that a small-sized additional hardware would be included in handheld devices capable of receiving S-Band signals from IRNSS satellites. Also, a code would need to be included in the phone software itself, enabling it to receive L-Band signals.
The seven satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) are slated to be in orbit by March 2016.
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