Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

ISRO GSAT-9 'SAARC' South Asia Communication Satellite Set to Launch Today

ISRO GSAT-9 'SAARC' South Asia Communication Satellite Set to Launch Today

The satellite has a mission life of 12 years.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday extended his best wishes to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of India successfully launching a new communications satellite, which can be utilized by the member countries of SAARC including Sri Lanka.

GSAT-9 carried the satellites of the countries include India with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal.

The launch of the satellite, meant to serve the SAARC region, was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SAARC summit at Nepal in November 2014.

The lift-off mass is around 2,230 Kg, including both the launch vehicle and the satellite. Indian Space Research Organisation later said the major phases of the flight took place as planned. Isro has termed it a textbook launch.

The satellite can be used for telemedicine, tele-education, disaster management help and support, direct to home etc. Afghanistan is another country which didn't accept the invitation of PM Modi.

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The satellite is also capable of providing crucial communication links between the nations in times of natural disasters.

"On May 5, India will launch the South Asia Satellite".

The satellite project was earlier called the SAARC Satellite, but it was changed to just South Asian Satellite when Pakistan and India developed differences over who would build it.

The month end is expected to see the launch of GSLV-Mk-III with communication satellite GSAT 19 weighing around 3.2 tonne - the heaviest satellite to be lifted by an Indian rocket from Sriharikota. In short, as envisaged by Prime Minister Modi, it is a satellite sans frontiers, for the nations to grow together. By offering the benefits of this satellite to South Asian countries India has indeed asserted its technical superiority and set a rare example of offering its expertise to a group that has the advantage of proximity to India.

"This will be helpful to provide communication services in the mountain and hilly regions of Nepal", Prachanda said.

On his "Mann ki baat" programme on Sunday last, PM Modi had announced that the South Asia Satellite would be India's "priceless gift" to its neighbouring countries. "We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind", he tweeted soon after the launch. Prime Minister and other leaders congratulated Indian Space Research Organization on successful development and launch of the Satellite. Besides India, only China has the expertise of making satellites and launching them into orbit in the region.

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