India Successfully launched its South Asian satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on its scheduled time.
Costing around Rs 235 crore, the satellite was initially known as the Saarc satellite but with Pakistan deciding to keep out, it is now called the South Asia Satellite. Its life span is over 12 years.
According to an official, the ISRO on an experimental basis decided to have electric power for the satellite.
“We have not reduced the volume of the traditional on-board fuel because of the electric power. We have added electric power facility to check its performance for use in future satellites,” the official told IANS.
He said the next satellite with electric power will be the GSAT-20 slated for launch in 2018.
The GSLV is a three stage/engine rocket. The core of the first stage is fired with solid fuel while the four strap-on motors by liquid fuel. The second is the liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.
On launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his gratitude on Twitter. He tweeted “We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind.”
We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 5, 2017