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India to launch South-Asia satellite on May 5

Monday 1st of May 2017

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May 1, 2017

The South Asia satellite to get used by countries with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region can be launched on May 5. This became stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his latest Mann ki Battradio address. The Prime Minister has hailed the satellite for an invaluable gift of India to South Asia and features further stated that your satellite will help in addressing South Asia's economic and developmental priorities. During the 2014 SAARC summit that located in Nepal, it in the satellite was announced and subsequently all SAARC countries have joined it except Pakistan. Hence, the beneficiaries with the satellite can be Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

The full tariff of launching the satellite (around Rs 235 crore) would be met by way of the Government of India.

Salient features

The 2,230 kg satellite called GSAT-09 was built by way of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It's always cuboid healthy and is made around a central cylinder. There are 12 Ku-band transponders. The satellite can be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota running a Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-II launch vehicle. It'll have a mission lifetime of over 12 years. The launch vehicle, GSLV-F09 is around 50m tall and will also be the 11th flight with the GSLV. Also, it will eventually beGSLV's fourth consecutive flight when using the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) engine.

Significance

The satellite will give you full range of applications and services in the fields of telecommunication and broadcasting applications, namely, Television, Direct-to-Home (DTH), Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), Tele-education, Telemedicine and Disaster Management Support.

Each participating countries could possess a dedicated transponder which includes a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for specific to it internal use. The participating countries would be made responsible in the content generation and use.

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