India's 'priceless gift' South Asia Satellite to take off tomorrow, ISRO chief says we are all set

The Geostationary Communication Satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 kms from here.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: May 04, 2017, 14:36 PM IST
India's 'priceless gift' South Asia Satellite to take off tomorrow, ISRO chief says we are all set

New Delhi: Preparations for the launch of the South Asia Communication Satellite, GSAT-9 are in full swing as India's 'priceless gift' is set for the launch tomorrow, sai ISRO chairman A S Kiran.

The Geostationary Communication Satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 kms from here.

Seven out of the eight SAARC countries are a part of the project, as Pakistan decided to opt out stating "it has its own space programme."


The satellite will be launched on board the space agency's rocket GSLV-F09. Costing around Rs 235 crore, the satellite would serve the neighbouring countries through 12 Ku band transponders carried by it and has a mission life of 12 years.

The satellite is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among the countries of South Asia region.

It will provide a significant capability to each of the participating countries in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking among the states for disaster information transfer.

"We have the launch tomorrow in the evening... All activities are going on smoothly," Kumar told reporters at the airport here.

After coming to power in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked ISRO scientists to develop a SAARC satellite that can be dedicated to neighbouring countries as a "gift from India."

On his 'Mann ki baat' programme on Sunday last, Modi had announced that the South Asia Satellite would be India's "priceless gift" to its neighbouring countries.

(With PTI inputs)