South Asian Communication Satellite To Take Off On Friday

A SAARC satellite that will be dedicated to neighbouring countries as India’s gift.

New Delhi: The South Asia Communication Satellite GSAT-9, the project in which seven SAARC countries have taken part, will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday.

The communication satellite is a priceless gift from India, ISRO Chairman AS Kiran said. Pakistan has opted out of the project claiming that it has its own space programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014, asked ISRO scientists to develop a SAARC satellite that can be dedicated to neighbouring countries as India’s gift.

Modi also announced the same in his Mann Ki Baat programme last Sunday. He said that the South Asia Satellite would be “India’s priceless gift to neighbours.”

The satellite meant for providing communication, disaster support and connectivity among the countries of South Asian region, will be launched on board with space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09.

The Satellite has cost around Rs. 235 crores, and it would serve neighbouring countries through 12 Ku-band transponders it carries. The mission life is approximately 12 years.

The Satellite has the capability to provide the partner countries with DTH and VSAT capacity along with linking the states for disaster information transfer.

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