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India’s IRNSS is now part of World Wide Radio Navigation System

21st November, 2020 Science and Technology

Context: The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has been accepted as a component of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) for operation in the Indian Ocean Region by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

  • This will position information similar to GPS and GLONASS to assist in the navigation of ships in ocean waters within the area covered by 50°N latitude, 55°E longitude, 5°S latitude and 110°E longitude (approximately up to 1500 km from Indian boundary).
  • It is a significant achievement of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.


  • IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India.
  • It is designed to provide accurate position information service to assist in the navigation of ships in Indian Ocean waters.