ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite on 5 May, Pakistan not on board

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Pakistan not on board India plans to launch on 5 May the �South
Asia Satellite� that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which
is not a part of the project. �It�s going up in the first week of May,�
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview. According to ISRO officials, the launch of
this communication satellite (GSAT-9) is scheduled for 5 May on board the space agency�s rocket
GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport. Kiran Kumar said the satellite, with a lift-off
mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders. �Pakistan is not included in that. They did not want (to be part of the project),�
he said. People aware of the matter said the satellite
is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement
about this satellite during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu in 2014 calling it a �gift
to India�s neighbours.� �It (name) was changed to this (South Asia Satellite) because
of that only (Pakistan not being part of it),� Kiran Kumar said. Earlier, it was named as �SAARC Satellite.�
�Basically, it (the satellite) is meant for providing communication and disaster support,
connectivity among States (countries of South Asia region). It will provide a significant capability to
each of these participating States in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking
among the states for both disaster information transfer and also in terms of library type
of things,� he said. �So, there is a significant amount of inter-linking
possible among the States (these countries),� Kiran Kumar said. According to ISRO officials, there is a potential
for each participating country to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz
for its own internal use. Each country would be responsible for content
generation and its use, they said.

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