THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India’s own Global Positioning System (GPS) and the biggest rocket that is under construction at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are among the highlights of the float that the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is rolling out for Monday’s Onam pageantry in the city.
‘’The ISRO float portrays the achievements of the recent times with the theme ‘ISRO Samoohika Pratibadhathayumayi Munnottu.’ The float has a one tenth size model of the GSLV Mk-III model along with a replica of the Mars Orbiter Mission mission which completed a full year on September 24,’’ the VSSC said in statement on Sunday.
The float features the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), a constellation of seven satellites, which will provide India with its own GPS. Four of the satellites are already in orbit and ISRO plans to launch the remaining three by this year-end or the beginning of 2016. ‘’The float also covers the applications of IRNSS in various walks of life in terrestrial navigation and aviation sector. The float also has the one-twentieth size models of PSLV and GSLV also,’’ the VSSC said. The pageantry, which marks the close of the Onam celebrations, will be held in the evening in the city.