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GAGAN – the World’s Most Advanced Satellite-Based Air Navigation System

Written By Sambasivarao on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Air navigation system GAGAN to help Airlines to cut Travel schedule, Fuel cost by 20%
Sometime in mid-2013, flyers on the Bangalore-Delhi route may be arriving at their destination 15-20 minutes ahead of schedule. Aircraft need not go zigzag but may go almost as the crow flies and burn less fuel and money. Airports can see less congestion, and fog may become a lesser evil.
It is not a miracle in the skies but when it happens, it will be thanks to Gagan, the country’s space-based GPS augmentation system.

Raytheon is building the ground stations for the GPS-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) System, GAGAN System, which will provide satellite-based navigation for civil aviation over Indian airspace and adjoining areas in South and East Asia.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are providing the space segment, additional ground equipment, as well as participating in the integration and operating the system.

GAGAN will be the world’s most advanced air navigation system and further reinforces India’s leadership in the forefront of air navigation. It will greatly improve safety, reduce congestion and enhance communications to meet India’s growing air traffic management needs. The GAGAN solution addresses the four essential elements of safe air navigation: accuracy, integrity, availability and continuity.

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