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India launches 6th navigation satellite

 SRIHARIKOTA (AP), March 10 - India today successfully put its sixth navigation satellite into the intended orbit in a launch that is just one step away from having its own regional navigation satellite system, that will be on par with the US-based Global Positioning System.

 The applications of the system that is expected to be “accurate and efficient” include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

In a textbook launch, Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off into high altitude clouds from the second launch pad at 4.01 pm at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, about 100 km from Chennai.– PTI

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