India’s government will unveil its first navigational satellite navigation satellite on Thursday, aiming to connect rural and urban areas of the country.
Indian space agency, GSAT-6, is hoping to launch the system in 2017-18.
It will be used by all government departments to coordinate their activities and communicate with the rest of the world.
GSAT-1 launched in March, which was meant to provide a pan-India network of GPS navigation, was delayed for two years.
It was supposed to be operational in 2020, but has been delayed by the Zika virus outbreak and the ongoing government shutdown.
The second navigation satellite, GSOT-3, was supposed be operational by 2022, but is expected to be completed in 2023.
A third navigation satellite will be launched in 2019-20, but the Indian government has already given up on that date.
It is expected that the third navigation system will launch in 2032.
India has a huge number of satellites in orbit, including the two that are being launched.
But it does not have a satellite network as large as China, which is currently providing over 200 satellites in geostationary orbit.
China, however, has over 300 satellites in the air, and it has been developing its own satellite network.
India is likely to use its own system.
As per India’s Space Technology for Space Applications (STSPA), the Indian National Space Research Organisation (INRO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have formed a consortium to develop the first satellite network, based on geostationsary-orbit technology.
It would be based on two satellites and a constellation of five satellites, including satellites of the Indian Meteorological Satellite Program.