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Date of Post: 06 Oct, 2017
New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) selected four private firms, to provide satellite-based technology to the Indian Railways.
The GSAT-6 Satellite
- Tapan Misra, director of Space Applications Centre (SAC), a major arm of ISRO, said,“There are about 12,000 unmanned level crossings in our country. The accidents happen because people are not aware of the approaching train. So by using the GSAT-6 (a communication) satellite, we have created a system that will alert the train driver of the approaching unmanned level crossing. At the same a hooter at the crossing will warn of the approaching train.”
- Misra said, at present we are experimenting this system at 20 unmanned level crossings.
- We have set the system up on 5 Rajdhani trains, he said.
- He added,“We have prepared four private companies that will provide this technology to the Indian Railways. The railway network is so big that it will take 2-3 years to implement the project.”
- The first trial run for developing this satellite-based system was conducted in Ahmedabad ISRO scientists from Space Applications Centre (SAC) in February 2016.