India will launch GSAT-9 communication satellite using its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 5, 2017. The satellite is being launched with the objective to provide different communication applications in Ku-band over South Asian countries.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), “GSAT-9 is configured around its standard I-2K bus, with a lift-off mass of 2230 kg. The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years.”

“GSLV-F09 mission is the eleventh flight of GSLV and its fourth consecutive flight with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS),” ISRO added.

Talking about the launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ said that the satellite would go a long way in addressing ‘South Asia’s economic and developmental priorities’.

“Natural resources mapping,¬†telemedicine, the field of education, deeper IT connectivity or fostering people-to-people contact — this satellite will prove to be a boon in the progress of the entire region.”

“It is an important step by India to enhance cooperation with the entire South Asia… It is an invaluable gift. This is an appropriate example of our commitment towards South Asia. I welcome all the South Asian countries who have joined us on the South Asia Satellite in this momentous endeavour,” he added.

All South Asian nations, apart from Pakistan, are a part of this project.

(With IANS inputs)