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ISRO unveils navigation centre near Bangalore

India: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has unveiled its navigation centre in Bangalore Rural District for the proposed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), a constellation of seven spacecrafts that will enable users to know their location and time accurately.

Minister of State in Prime Minister”s Office V Narayanaswamy inaugurated the centre in the presence of ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, other space scientists and officials of the space department.

INC, established at the Indian Deep Space Network complex at Byalalu, about 40 kms from Bangalore, will be responsible for the time reference, generation of navigation messages and monitoring and control of ground facilities including ranging stations.

“INC will host several key technical facilities for supporting these navigation functions and the key to the navigation support is the time reference to which all ground based systems and the satellite clocks are synchronised,” , Radhakrishnan said.

Source: ET