Media Not Invited To Launch Of Prestigious GSLV-F09/ GSAT-9 Mission
Nellore: The launch of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 Mission on Friday evening at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota will not get any live coverage. Probably for the first time in its history that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has not invited the press to cover the launch of the satellite. Even the government-owned Doordarshan is not likely to give a live telecast of the event, though it will record the launch.
However, a parliamentary committee will witness the launch from Shar, revealed the sources.
The 28-hour countdown that had begun at 12.57 pm on Thursday is progressing without any hitches and the launch is scheduled at 4.57 pm on Friday.
Meanwhile, the reason for not allowing the media coverage is still unknown. The tight-lipped officials would neither confirm nor deny the speculations of a security threat that no one is allowed.
Central Industrial Security Force and Police Personnel were deployed in large numbers fortifying the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and its surrounding.
The Satellite will put a communication satellite equipped with transponders exclusively meant for use by South Asian countries, except Pakistan. The satellite is meant for providing communication, disaster support and connectivity among the countries of South Asia region, is to be launched on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09.
According to the sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the chairman of ISRO through video conference soon after the launch, later he will also speak to heads of SAARC nations, explaining the benefits of the satellite.
A senior official in Shar who claimed that he is not aware of the reasons for restricting media said that Doordarshan may telecast selected footage pertaining to launch and the PMs address after his video conference.
ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar who reviewed the preparations for the launch also inspected the launch pad and progress with the scientists of GSLV-MK III integration.