South Asia Satellite set to be launched on 5 May

Posted on:05 May 2017 15:10:30
South Asia Satellite set to be launched on 5 May
05 May 2017 Current Affairs:

  • India is all set to launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying the GSAT-9 or the "South Asia" satellite.

  • Initially, it was to be named “SAARC Satellite” but its name was changed to South Asia Satellite after Pakistan refused to join the project.

  • 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.

  • The lift-off mass of GSLV-F09 is about 2,230 kg which includes the satellite and its launch vehicle.

  • 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.


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