India launches communications satellites for South Asia

New Delhi (ANTARA News) – India launched the South Asian communications satellite GSAT-9 from the Sriharikota space base in Andhra Pradesh state on Friday (May 5).

The Indian Space Research Agency's (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) picked up the satellite, which was launched from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota at 4:57 p.m. local time, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

ISRO, which assembled the satellite for use by the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, announced that GSAT-9 has been launched for the development of communication systems in the Ku-band frequency range across the South Asia region, Xinhua reported.

The Ku band is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the frequency range of which reaches 11.7 to 12.7 GHz and 14 to 14.5 GHz in microwaves.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch date for the satellite on Sunday (April 30) in his monthly radio show Man ki baat (Conversations from the Heart).

“On May 5, India will launch a South Asia satellite. The benefits of this satellite will be in line with the development needs of the countries participating in this project,” Modi said.

He added: “Workforce mapping, telehealth services, education, deeper information technology connectivity or promoting human contacts. This satellite will prove to be a boon for progress across the region.”

The 2,230 kilogram satellite has a 12 Ku-band signaling device and is designed to operate for more than 12 years.

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