India launches eighth navigation satellite to boost local positioning system

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 31, 2017 10:31 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India launched its eighth navigation satellite on Thursday, taking the country a step further to developing its own global positioning system and reduce its dependency on foreign navigation networks.

The IRNSS-1H satellite lifted off from the Sriharikota Space Centre in southern India to join a constellation of seven other satellites in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

IRNSS will help navigate the country's aerial and marine routes, as well as aid disaster management and vehicle tracking up to 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) around the mainland.

However, India lags behind the United States' GPS, Russia's GLONASS, Europe's Galileo and China's Beidou systems that have dozens of satellites to provide information across the globe.

(Reporting by Mohi Narayan, editing by Pritha Sarkar)