ISRO’s GPS-like navigation system NavIC recognised by International Maritime Organisation

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognized NavIC as a component of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).This recognition was awarded in the 102nd meeting of Maritime Safety Committee of IMO (MSC-102) held in November 2020.

ISRO’s GPS-like navigation system NavIC recognised by International Maritime Organisation
ISRO’s GPS-like navigation system NavIC recognised by International Maritime Organisation

ISRO’s GPS-like navigation system NavIC recognised by International Maritime Organisation

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognized NavIC as a component of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).This recognition was awarded in the 102nd meeting of Maritime Safety Committee of IMO (MSC-102) held in November 2020.

The committee stated that NavIC meets the operational requirements to assist in navigation of ships in ocean waters within the area covered by 550 E longitude, 500 N latitude, 1100 E longitude and 50 S latitude.NavIC has been represented at IMO by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways with technical support from ISRO.

In April 2020, NavIC L5 was incorporated in the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) standard 10403.3 for differential GNSS applications. These developments will enable the utilisation of NavIC in the fields of maritime navigation, surveying, geodesy, and more.

ISRO’s IRNSS series satellites are designed to provide accurate position information services in India and up to 1,500 km beyond its boundary. This defines the constellation’s primary service area, where it can provide position accuracy of 20 metres or better.

The satellites offer both Standard Positioning Services (SPS), to all users, and Restricted Services (RS), an encrypted service only meant for authorised users.