For many years now, India has been mostly dependent on the Global Positioning System built by the US. However, when the USA denied GPS information during the Kargil war in 1999, the nation felt the need for an indigenous navigation system. The system–previously called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was designed to provide accurate position information to users in India and as far as 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from its borders.
India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet. India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas.
The ISRO’s rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, also carried five satellites from the U.K..The space agency said it was the thirty-fourth consecutive successful mission for the PSLV. ISRO plans to launch 22 satellites in another flight of PSLV including 19 satellites from four countries: 13 from the U.S., three from Germany, two from Canada and one from Indonesia.