GAGAN to start serving air navigation by mid-2013
Country’s space based GPS augmentation system GAGAN will start serving air navigation by mid 2013.
What is GAGAN?
It is GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) meant for the advancement of air navigation. The system was launched as a payload with GSAT-8 in 2011. It was also launched with recently launched GSAT-10.
Advantages of GAGAN:
· It will modernize air traffic management and communication-navigation-surveillance system.
· Aircrafts will get more accurate figures while landing, take-off and in-flight.
· India would join the club of U.S., Europe and Japan who have the same level of space-based augmentation.
Topics: Aids to navigation • Global air-traffic management • Global Positioning System • GNSS augmentation • GPS-aided GEO augmented navigation • GSAT • GSAT-10 • GSAT-15 • Navigation • Satellite navigation systems • Spacecraft • Spaceflight