India is all set to launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying the GSAT-9 or the “South Asia” satellite. According to Indian Prime Minister, the Satellite will be a “priceless gift” to neighboring countries. The satellite will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka agreed but Pakistan is not a part of the project that was initially christened the SAARC satellite.
Important Points of the Satellite-
- The lift-off mass of GSLV-F09 is about 2,230 kg which includes the satellite and its launch vehicle.
- The mainframe of the satellite is cuboid in shape, built around a central cylinder.
- The mission lifespan is 12 years.
- The satellite is meant for providing communication and disaster support and connectivities among the countries of South Asia region
- All participating nations will have access to at least one transponder using which they can telecast their own programming.
- Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the part of project
- The satellite will provide communication channels between countries for better disaster management as the region is prone to natural disasters.
Source- Hindustan Times