India is expected to launch at least two more navigation satellites this year and one more in 2016 so as to offer satellite navigation services in the middle of next year, said Indian space agency officials. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
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The three satellite launches will be in addition to the one that India is expected to put into orbit on March 28 evening. Also Read - Xiaomi teams up with ISRO and Qualcomm to bring NavIC technology to Redmi smartphones
“We will surely be launching two more navigation satellites this year apart from tomorrow’s (March 28) launch. At the end of the year we will have six navigation satellites up in the sky out of the constellation of seven such satellites,” senior officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS preferring anonymity.
According to officials, the seventh and the last one of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) in all probability would go up early part of 2016.
The full navigation services are expected to be offered from mid 2016 onwards, according to the officials.