ISRO successfully launches ‘South Asia Satellite’

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the ‘South Asia Satellite’ (SAS) on Friday, that will boost connectivity among nations in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the GSAT-9 as the ‘gift’ to SAARC nations.

The Geostationary Communication Satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 4:57 PM at Sriharikota, about 135 km from Chennai.

The GSLV-F09 carrying GSAT-9 blasted off from the second launch pad at the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The total cost to be incurred in the launch of the satellite is estimated to be about Rs 235 crore.

The satellite has been named GSAT-9.

It offers full range of applications and services in the areas of telecommunication and broadcasting applications viz. Television, Direct-to-Home (DTH), Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), Tele-education, Telemedicine and Disaster Management Support.

(Agencies)

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