These past few years, our beloved government has given us little to rejoice. The political and administrative climate has been marred and soaked in scams, litigations, red tape, corruption, propaganda, communalism, and ‘sentiment’; in the midst of which the government has failed to produce anything remarkable. One could say it has been simply plodding along. Except that one autonomous arm of the Indian Government called the Department of Space and its baby- ISRO.

On Friday, the 29th of April, 2016, ISRO accomplished a historic feat that now puts India alongside the USA, Japan, EU, Russia, and China; these being the only other countries which have already performed the said feat.

If you are a self-respecting and proud citizen of this country, then you must already know what the achievement is. But in case you haven’t found the time to read about it yet, allow me to simplify it for you.

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ISRO has now completely and successfully set-up all seven satellites which are a part of the IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) whose operating name is NAVIC. Up till now, India so far had to rely on the US’s GPS (Global Positioning System) group of navigation satellites for all its navigational requirements. However, using a navigation system provided by another country that is free of cost and used on a worldwide scale is that, the providing country is under no obligation to continue providing service in the future and secondly, distribution of services on a worldwide scale means reduced accuracy.

With the IRNSS though, objects can be located within a range of 20m for civilian uses, and within a range of 10m for military applications, the latter by the virtue of some advanced facilities provided by the system which are reserved for defense.

An added advantage of the IRNSS is that it may prove to be a valuable tool in strengthening our ties with the other SAARC nations, since the system can provide coverage up to 1500km outside India’s borders, effectively covering the whole subcontinent and more.

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With our very own satellite navigation system in place now, the range of potential uses for GNSS is enormous, spanning many sectors, both public and private, from precision agriculture to construction, transport and logistics to tourism, fisheries to environmental protection, and many more.

Not much time earlier, it was the Chandrayaan, then the Mangalyaan, and now it is the IRNSS. ISRO is really proving to be that silver lining in the particularly overcast atmosphere that is prevailing in our country. We hope it continues to make us all proud.