India successfully launches South Asia Satellite

India successfully launches South Asia Satellite

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The 2,230-kg communication spacecraft carries 12 Ku-band transponders that can drive telecommunication, disaster management, broadcasting and direct to home TV, Internet activities, tele-education and telemedicine across the region.

South Asia Communication Satellite GSAT-9 was put into space by GSLV F09 rocket, launched from the Sriharikota launch centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in coastal Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening.

A 28-hour countdown began for the launch of the GSLV mission at 12.57 p.m. on Thursday along with other pre-launch activities, ISRO said.

The 2,230-kg communication spacecraft carries 12 Ku-band transponders that can drive telecommunication, disaster management, broadcasting and direct to home TV, Internet activities, tele-education and telemedicine across the region.

First announced by the Prime Minister in July 2014 as a gift to India’s neighbours and a positive diplomatic gesture, it was then conceived as a SAARC satellite. After Pakistan declined to participate, it includes the rest of South Asian neighbours: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, The Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The Government of India bears the satellite cost of ₹235 crore and a roughly equivalent cost of launching it on the GSLV rocket to a distance about 36,000 km in space.

This is the fourth successive GSLV flight powered by the indigenous cryogenic stage, which ISRO developed over two decades.
source:UNB

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