India’s Independent Navigation Satellite System ‘IRNSS’ Now Part of World Wide Radio Navigation System


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The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is designed to provide accurate position information services to aid in the navigation of Indian vessels.

  • PTI
  • Last update: 22 November 2020, 16:37 IST

The Center said on Friday that the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) had been accepted as a component of the Global Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) for operation in the Indian Ocean region by the Maritime Organization. international (IMO). This decision will allow merchant ships to use IRNSS to obtain positional information similar to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) to aid in vessel navigation in oceanic waters in the area covered by latitude 50N, longitude 55E, latitude 5S and longitude 110E (approximately up to 1500 km from the Indian border).

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at its recent meeting held from November 4 to 11, approved the recognition of the IRNSS as a component of the Global Radio Navigation System, Ministry of ports, navigation and waterways said in a statement. This is a significant achievement of the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Waterways (MoPSW), the Directorate General of Navigation (DGS) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat ”.

IRNSS is an independent regional satellite navigation system developed by India. It is designed to provide an accurate position information service to aid in vessel navigation in Indian Ocean waters. A circular was published by the IMO on November 11, 2020 for the information of the other member states of the organization.


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