ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite at 4.57 pm today

May 05 2017

 The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is all set to launch the South Asia Satellite, or GSAT-9, which will be India's gift to its neighbouring countries, at 4.57 pm on Friday. The rocket is set to blastoff from Sriharikotta space station.

The 28-hour countdown operations of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 mission started at 12:57 hours IST, on May 04, 2017, said Isro.

It has been estimated that the total cost of launching this satellite is around Rs 235 crore, which India has borne entirely.

GSAT-9 is a Geostationary Communication Satellite with the objective of providing various communication applications in Ku-band with coverage over South Asian countries. GSAT-9 is configured around the Isro's standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2230 kg.

The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years.

GSLV-F09 mission is the 11th flight of GSLV and its fourth consecutive flight with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS). Isro on experimental basis has decided to have electric power for the satellite.

Natural resources mapping, tele medicine, the field of education, deeperIT connectivity or fostering people-to-people contact -- this satellitewill prove to be a boon in the progress of the entire region.

The satellite is meant for providing communication and disaster support,connectivity among countries in the South Asia region. It will also provide a significant capability to each of these participating countries in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus links for both disaster information transfer and also in terms of library type of things.

Isro to launch South Asia Satellite at 4.57 pm today