Finally, the much awaited South Asia Communication Satellite GSAT 9 was launched today into space by GSLV F09 rocket. The action was taken place at Sriharikota launch centre belongs to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Andhra Pradesh, and it happened a few moments ago.
GSAT 9 weighs about 2230 kgs, and it carries 12 Ku-band transponders, which helps to do the drive telecommunication, broadcasting, disaster management, tele-education, telemedicine and internet activities. From Thursday, 12.57 PM a countdown has started and also officials are busy with the pre-launch activities.
Addressing the gathering after the launch of this communication satellite, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this satellite is going to improve the communication, better services related to banking and education, especially in remote areas.
Many leaders and representatives of South Asian Countries have also participated in the video conference along with Narendra Modi to convey their wishes for the satellite launch. Also, Narendra Modi tweeted, as “I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them. @isro.”
About this launch, was initially announced by Narendra Modi in 2014 and stated that it is a gift to the neighboring countries of India. But Pakistan declined to participate in it, and it joined by South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The satellite roughly costs around Rs. 235 crores, and it is going to be launched at a distance of 36,000 km in space. This one is going to be the fourth successive GSLV satellite over the past two decades.