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ISRO developing own navigation system with constellation of 7 satellites
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing its own navigation system called Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which will have a constellation of seven satellites and complementary ground infrastructure.

Minister of State for Science & Technology Prithviraj Chavan told the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question today that the system was planned to be made operational by the end of 2014.

He said the Government had approved the IRNSS project at a total cost of Rs. 1420 crores in May 2006 for both space and ground infrastructure.

In reply to another question, Mr Chavan said India planned to launch SARAL (Satellite with ARGOS and ALTIKA) satellite next year to monitor the sea water level.

SARAL-will carry an Altimeter (ALTIKA) for studying the sea surface heights; and ARGOS payload, which is a satellite based data collection platform.

Mr Chavan said SARAL was a joint project of ISRO and the French National Space Agency. The ALTIKA and ARGOS payloads will be built and supplied by the French agency, while the satellite building and launching will be the responsibilities of Indian Space Research Organisation.

The satellite bus is under fabrication at ISRO. Integration and testing of the payloads are going on at the French National Space Agency, he added.

Source: Netindian.in

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