Global Positioning System: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Satellite-based advisory service ‘Gemini’ launched for deep sea fishermen

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched a new satellite-based GEMINI system that will alert deep-sea fishermen of upcoming disasters. The acronym ‘GEMINI’ stands for “GAGAN Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information”& is works on GAGAN (GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) satellite system of ISRO ..

The researchers of France develops first ant-like walking robot without GPS

The researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) have developed the first ant-like walking robot ‘AntBot’ that can explore its environment and find its way home without Global Positioning System (GPS). The scientists took inspiration from desert ants, which are extraordinary solitary navigators, to design the AntBot. Ants use polarised light and ..

Galileo global satellite navigation system of European Union

Recently, China has successfully launched its first geostationary BeiDou-3 satellite ‘G1Q’ into high orbit (about 36,000 km above the Earth) to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system. It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province. In a geostationary orbit, following the Earth’s rotation, it will view the ..

Russia launches a Glonass- M positioning satellite by using a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket

Russia has successfully launched a Glonass- M positioning satellite by using a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on June 17, 2018. The Glonass network provides real-time positioning data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe, at an accuracy reportedly at par with the U.S. Global Positioning System.

SPS and RS in context with NAVIC

NAVIC (Navigation Indian Constellation) provides two types of services viz. Standard Positioning Services (SPS), which will be provided to all users; and Restricted Services – (RS), which will grant access only to authorised users. It is made of seven satellites of which three are in GEO and four are in GCO. With the launch of IRNSS-1G (seventh and final ..

GAGAN

GAGAN stands for GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is a satellite based navigation system that will serve as a low cost substitute to GPS service over the India, Bay of Bengal, South-east Asia and Middle East along with expansion up to Africa. The system has been jointly developed by ISRO and AAI. It is primarily ..

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)

Japan’s version GPS and is dubbed as Michibiki system The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS is a project of the Japanese government for the development of a four-satellite regional time transfer system and a satellite-based augmentation system for the United States operated Global Positioning System (GPS) to be receivable in the Asia-Oceania regions, with a focus on Japan. QZSS services are scheduled to commence in November 2018.  The ..

Department of Telecommunications organizes National Conference on utilization models leveraging BharatNet infrastructure

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is organizing a National Conference with the State Governments and Service Providers to brainstorm and showcase various utilization models leveraging BharatNet infrastructure in New Delhi on November 13, 2017. The Conference will be attended by IT Ministers and IT Secretaries from States. In it, DoT will sign Memorandum of Understanding ..