Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) accepted as a component of the World Wide Radio Navigation System
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Achievements of Indians in Sci & Tech
- The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has been accepted as a component of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) for operation in the Indian Ocean Region by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
- This will enable merchant vessels to use IRNSS for obtaining position information similar to GPS and GLONASS to assist in the navigation of ships in ocean waters within the area covered by 50°N latitude, 55°E longitude, 5°S latitude and 110°E longitude.
Important value additions
- IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India.
- It is designed to provide accurate position information service to assist in the navigation of ships in Indian Ocean waters.
- India has become the fourth country in the world to have its independent regional navigation satellite system recognised by the IMO as a part of the WWRNS.
- The other three countries that have its navigation systems recognised by the IMO are the US, Russia and China.