Tuesday, September 25, 2018

India-Based Satellite Technology to Aid Nepal Aviation

Aiming to make a new breakthrough in satellite technology, India has been persuading South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries including Nepal to become a member of its advanced satellite program.
GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) developed using Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) receivers is important to the Indian subcontinent for better management of air traffic.
GAGAN is a brainchild of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The system is being developed to aid SAARC countries with accurate and concrete satellite-based navigational services crucial to civilian and aviation applications in SAARC and Southeast Asian countries.
A team from AAI visited Kathmandu to give a detailed presentation including benefits for Nepal on the GAGAN system to the country’s officials.
“We are yet to reach a decision regarding India’s proposal,” informed Rajan Pokharel, Deputy Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Adding further, Pokhrel said CAAN will analyze the cost and other factors before making going ahead with anything. Since the system will be used for both domestic and international airlines, it will demand extra expenditures on behalf of CAAN including the installation of SBAS receivers.
25/09/18 Nepali Sansar
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