The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch the last one in the series of the seven navigation satellites by last week of April. ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, who oversaw the successful launch of the sixth of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System a couple of days ago, said the seven satellite constellation is unique in that they continuously beam down data that could be read even by smart phones. The system was designed to cover a region of about 1,500 km on all sides of the border.
The ISRO had started receiving signals from the satellites. Once fully operational, the country would be equipped with the capability of independent operations and ensure control over signals, he said, adding the department could successfully make the GPS systems operational in the country more accurate. The ISRO Chairman was here on Saturday in connection with the Aerospace Luminary Lecture Series organised by the Hyderabad chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI). Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Mr. Kiran Kumar said the space agency was in the progress of developing chip sets.
These chip sets were intended to bring location-based services. The ISRO was already pushing the use of space technology and work with 60 government departments as well as various State governments in this direction.