GAGANDate: 30 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
An IndiGo trial flight made a successful landing in Rajasthan’s Kishangarh Airport using the indigenous navigation system GAGAN.
GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is a regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).
It is collaboration between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Apart from GAGAN, the US (WAAS), Europe (EGNOS) and Japan (MSAS) have similar navigation technology.
The service is based on the availability of GPS and GAGAN Geo Stationary Satellites (GSAT-8, GSAT-10 and GSAT-15), launched by ISRO.
The objective is to provide a navigation system to assist aircraft in accurate landing over the Indian airspace and in the adjoining area.
GAGAN is the first Satellite-Based Augmentation System in the world which has been certified for approach with vertical guidance operating in Indo-pacific region.
The system provides accuracy, availability, and integrity essential for each phase of flight, en route the approach for airports.
Airline operation become more efficient and effective, increase air safety, and fuel efficiency.
It will save a significant amount due to withdrawal of ground aids and reduced workload of airline crew and traffic controllers.
Apart from aviation, it can benefit sectors such as transportation, railways, surveying, maritime, highways, telecom industry, and security agencies.