The Geostationary Communication Satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will blast off on Friday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The satellite will be launched on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09. Costing around Rs 235 crore, the satellite would serve the neighbouring countries through 12 Ku band transponders carried by it and has a mission life of 12 years.
The satellite is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among the countries of South Asia region.
Seven out of the eight SAARC countries are a part of the project, as Pakistan decided to opt out stating “it has its own space programme.”
It will provide a significant capability to each of the participating countries in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking among the states for disaster information transfer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat on April 30, referred the launch of the satellite, saying the “spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas….inclusive development for all” is not confined to India alone. “The launch of satellite applies to global context too. And very specially to our neighbouring countries,” he said.