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ISRO to set up satellite terminals on fishing boats in 13 coastal states

 

Source: Hindustan Times 

Context: NewSpace India Ltd, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), plans to enhance communication and monitoring in Indian waters by setting up mobile satellite service (MSS) terminals on motorized and fishing boats across 13 coastal states.

  • The project aims to establish a dedicated MSS satcom network for emergency communication, asset tracking, and surveillance. The system will utilize India’s own navigation satellite system, NavIC, and will include dedicated ground stations, satellite terminals, and Xponders for field deployment.

 

Significance:

  • This initiative intends to improve the security of fishermen, enhance national security, enable two-way communication with fishermen, provide periodic location access, issue weather alerts, identify international water border violations, and deliver accurate navigation alerts.
  • The Xponders will feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transceivers, and a multilingual app is being developed for communication between the app and transponders.

 

About NAVIC:

Navigation in Indian Constellation (NavIC) is an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

IRNSS consists of eight satellites, three satellites in geostationary orbit and five satellites in geosynchronous orbit.