BANGALORE: ISRO has identified Satellite Navigation as an important focus area by planning GAGAN (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation) and the upcoming IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System). In a user meet held to provide a thrust in the development of Global Navigation Satellite System based applications in the city on Thursday, two technical sessions and a panel discussion were held in which an overview of GAGAN and IRNSS projects was presented by AS Ganeshan, Project Director, Navigation Systems.
The meet was jointly organised by ISRO and Airport Authority of India (AAI) in the city according to a statement by ISRO.
Also technical sessions by eminent experts presenting their experiences in utilising navigation signals for precise positioning and civil aviation were held.
A panel discussion with the theme Opportunities and Challenges in utilising navigation signals over Indian Region was chaired by SK Shiva Kumar, Associate Director, ISAC with members from Academia and Industry.
With Navigation becoming an integral part of human activity, space based navigation systems have emerged as forerunners in providing position, velocity and timing services.
ISRO and AAI are implementing the GAGAN project as Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Indian Airspace and Safety of Life applications.
The IRNSS system currently under development by ISRO will be able to provide the user with an accuracy of better than 20 metres on an all weather basis.
Dr T K Alex, Member, Space Commission inaugurated the meet. E K Bharat Bhushan, Director General, DGCA was present.