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Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System gets Cabinet nod

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) The government today decided to deploy an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to provide critical inputs to important national applications.

The IRNSS, which is estimated to cost Rs 1,420 crore, will provide an independent, indigenously developed constellation of satellites to provide satellite-based position, navigation and timing service for critical national applications, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.

The project will involve a foreign exchange component of Rs 1,100 crore, excluding launch services, Mr Dasmunsi told reporters after the Union Cabinet gave its nod for IRNSS.

The IRNSS satellites are to be launched using India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) as part of the PSLV-Continuation Programme.

The development and deployment of IRNSS constellation, the ground infrastructure, navigation, safety and certification, verification software is expected to be completed in 5-6 years, he said.

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