Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched Satellite-based navigation system GAGAN
It is the first SBAS in the world certified for approach with vertical guidance operating in the equatorial ionospheric region and the third SBAS to have achieved this feat, after WAAS of USA and EGNOS of Europe.
Union Government on 13 July 2015 launched GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system. The system would make airline operations more efficient and reduce costs.
GAGAN System was launched by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi.
About GAGAN System
• It is the first SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) in the world certified for approach with vertical guidance operating in the equatorial ionospheric region and the third SBAS to have achieved this feat, after WAAS of USA and EGNOS of Europe.
• GAGAN is a joint effort of Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at an investment of Rs 774 crore.
• In the aviation field, GAGAN will support more direct air routes, reduce fuel consumption and improve safety.
• It provides benefits to agriculture, all modes of transportation and public services such a defence services, security agencies and disaster recovery management by aiding in search and rescue to locate the disaster zone accurately.
GAGAN was already certified for en route operation since 30 December 2013.
Since 14 February 2015, it has been continuously providing navigation signals from GSAT-8 and GSAT-10 satellites launched by ISRO, augmenting the performance of GPS signals received over Indian Airspace.