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Satellite Updates : ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite on 5 May, Pakistan not on board (now launched)
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South Asia Satellite, with a lift-off mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders.


Hyderabad: India plans to launch on 5 May the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project.

“It’s going up in the first week of May,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview.

According to ISRO officials, the launch of this communication satellite (GSAT-9) is scheduled for 5 May on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport.

Kiran Kumar said the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders. “Pakistan is not included in that. They did not want (to be part of the project),” he said.

People aware of the matter said the satellite is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement about this satellite during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu in 2014 calling it a “gift to India’s neighbours.” “It (name) was changed to this (South Asia Satellite) because of that only (Pakistan not being part of it),” Kiran Kumar said.

Earlier, it was named as ‘SAARC Satellite.’ “Basically, it (the satellite) is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among States (countries of South Asia region). It will provide a significant capability to each of these participating States in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking among the states for both disaster information transfer and also in terms of library type of things,” he said.

“So, there is a significant amount of inter-linking possible among the States (these countries),” Kiran Kumar said. According to ISRO officials, there is a potential for each participating country to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal use. Each country would be responsible for content generation and its use, they said.

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ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite on May 5, will improve economic, developmental priorities: Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the ‘South Asia Satellite’ to be launched by India on May 5, will go a long way in addressing the region’s economic and developmental priorities.

“The capacities of this satellite and the facilities it provides will go a long way in addressing South Asia’s economic and developmental priorities,” the Prime Minister said in his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

“Natural resources mapping, tele medicine, the field of education, deeper IT connectivity or fostering people-to-people contact – this satellite will prove to be a boon in the progress of the entire region. It is an important step by India to enhance cooperation with the entire South Asia… It is an invaluable gift. This is an appropriate example of our commitment towards South Asia. I welcome all the South Asian countries who have joined us on the South Asia Satellite in this momentous endeavor,” he added.

The communication satellite GSAT-9 will be launched using Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09). All South Asian countries, except Pakistan, are part of this project.

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ISRO successfully fires off South Asian Satellite from Sriharikota spaceport


An Indian rocket with the over two ton South Asian Satellite blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport on Friday evening.

Precisely at 4:57 PM, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) rose into sky from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

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