The South Asian Satel­lite – Some high­lights


Space diplo­macy has touched new heights with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s unique gift in the sky to South Asian neigh­bours. The gift of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite for use by neigh­bours at no cost has per­haps no prece­dent world­wide. The satel­lite, which weighs over 2 tonnes, has been fab­ri­cated in three years at a cost of over ` 230 crore. Its foot­print that ex­tends all over South Asia. The South Asia Satel­lite has 12 Ku band transpon­ders which In­dia’s neigh­bours can utilise to in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Each coun­try will get ac­cess to at least one transpon­der through which they could beam their own pro­gram­ming. The satel­lite will fa­cil­i­tate DTH tele­vi­sion, VSAT links, telee­d­u­ca­tion, telemedicine and dis­as­ter man­age­ment sup­port. It will pro­vide crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion links in times of dis­as­ters such as earth­quakes, cy­clones, floods, and tsunamis. Heads of Govern­ment from all the seven South Asian na­tions who are ben­e­fit­ing from the satel­lite, con­nected via video con­fer­ence, in a unique cel­e­bra­tion of the suc­cess­ful launch.

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