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Commercialisation of NavIC

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    12th Nov, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation and its older commercial arm Antrix Corporation Ltd. are poised to commercialise India’s regional navigation satellite system, NavIC, with Antrix recently floating two separate tenders to identify industries that can develop dedicated NavIC-based hardware and systems.

Issue

Context
The Indian Space Research Organisation and its older commercial arm Antrix Corporation Ltd. are poised to commercialise India’s regional navigation satellite system, NavIC, with Antrix recently floating two separate tenders to identify industries that can develop dedicated NavIC-based hardware and systems.

Background

  • ISRO and Antrix are set to commercialise India’s regional navigation satellite system, NavIC.
  • NavIC which essentially means ‘Navigation in Indian Constellation’ is the Indian system of eight satellites that is aimed at telling business and individual users where they are, or how their products and services are moving.
  • It is an indigenous positioning or location based service (LBS) and works just like the Global Positioning System (GPS), but within a 1,500-km radius over the Indian sub-continent.
  • NavIC can work with global navigation satellite systems of Europe (Galileo), Russia (GLONASS), China (Beidou) and GPS (US).
  • All other global systems like Glonass, GALILEO and Beidou operate on L1 and L2 frequencies. L2 is solely meant for US Defence use.
  • For civilian usage, the new GPS satellites use L5 and L2C band.
  • Navic operates on L5 and S bands.
  • NavIC has been certified by the 3GPP (The 3rd Generation Partnership Project), a global body for coordinating mobile telephony standards.
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