GSAT-9, ISRO’s latest, very commendable and equally welcoming accomplishment, has been launched on Wednesday, 5th May, 2017. With the momentous and proud-making launch of GSAT-9, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has established India as a serious force in the field of Space Science.
GSAT-9 satellite was launched through GSLV-F9 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre which is situated in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh. It’s impressive and equally praiseworthy that the scientists of ISRO have developed this very beneficent and unitive satellite within 3 years.
The total expenditure costed in the development of the GSAT-9 satellite is about INR 450 crores and its total weight is equal to 2230 kilograms. Its life is of 12 years. Certainly, it’s a very welcoming gift of India to the members of SAARC viz. Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
The praiseworthy GSAT-9 is purely a Communication Satellite and is expected to play a significant role in speeding up the development rate of all of its beneficiaries. This satellite will provide telecommunication and broadcasting services like Tele-education, DTH, Tele-Medicine, TV, VSAT and, very importantly, disaster management cooperation. The satellite is also capable of providing Hotline connection between the beneficiary nations.
PM Narendra Modi himself watched this momentous launch of GSAT-9. After the successful launch of this promising satellite all of the scientists of ISRO congratulated each other. Leaders like Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh), Ashraf Ghani (Afghanistan’s President) and Head-of-States of other beneficiary nations also congratulated and expressed delight through video-conferencing.
GSAT-9 is really a new diamond in India’s space diplomacy and it will surely strengthen the bond between and India and other SAARC members (except Pakistan). It has further established India as a very reliable, greatly helpful and significantly generous member of SAARC.