SAARC satellite to be launched in March next year: ISRO

India’s ambitious South Asian satellite, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the benefit of SAARC members, will be launched in March next year, ISRO Chairman A.S Kiran Kumar said.

The satellite was originally scheduled for launch in December this year.

“SAARC satellite will be launched in March,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

Modi, during the SAARC summit in Nepal in November 2014, had announced launching of a SAARC satellite as a gift for the benefit of members of the regional grouping in various fields, including telecommunication and tele-medicine.

Since Pakistan has ‘opted out’ of the project, it is now being called South Asian satellite.

India had held deliberations with experts from other SAARC countries to finalise modalities for the satellite exclusively for the regional grouping.

(Agency)

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