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Indian IRNSS to line up alongside other satnav systems news
07 January 2011

''It will be stationed at an altitude of 36,000 km and transmit live pictures of the areas of our choice,'' said Ranganath R Navalgund, director, Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, a specialised unit of ISRO.

Delivering the key-note address here, Prof Navalgund pointed out that the present fleet of remote sensing satellites have been parked in the low earth orbit. ''We do not get continuous images since the satellites keep on orbiting the earth in a different speed. They pass through one particular area once in every four or five hours. But geostationary satellites can offer continuous and uninterrupted images similar to the one given by TV cameras though with less resolution,'' he said.

Though he refused to divulge more details, he said that the geostationary satellite would become operational in a couple of years.

On ISRO's GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) project, Kibe said it will be used for landing of aircrafts with an accuracy of six metres and the target date of activating the system is 2012.

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Indian IRNSS to line up alongside other satnav systems