Indian officials feel very optimistic on the occasion of establishing their Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). Its advantages will be presented at a major meeting of local device manufacturers, technology developers, and ISRO managers in Bangalore this week.
It is believed that accuracy of IRNSS will be even more precise than GPS has. ISRO will recommend using devices equipped with special hardware for receiving S-Band and L-Band signals. It helps to reduce the influence of atmospheric environment on the signal quality. This feature is able to improve navigation process in the region.
ISRO wants to complete their space constellation by the middle of summer 2016. Some local media were quick to say that it will be a beginning of the end for GPS in India.
However, the experience has proven that the newest GNSS deployment doesn’t kill Global Positioning System. The historically American satnav system works well with the Russian GLONASS (even with the Putin’s government strong lobby) and, a fortiori, with European Galileo.
Anyhow, with all its excessively “rosy picture” the Indian GPS market may really feel a boost and become the second in Asia region. Even the most populist affirmations have to deserve attention beside this great potential.