Com­mon Satel­lite

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

There is good news for the eight SAARC na­tions as they will have their own SAARC satel­lite by De­cem­ber 2016, which will pro­vide these coun­tries a va­ri­ety of public ser­vices re­lated to dis­as­ter mon­i­tor­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and telemedicine, as well as a range of need-based ser­vices. Be­ing launched by the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO), the two-tonne satel­lite will com­prise 12 Ku band transpon­ders, wherein each transpon­der will be ded­i­cated to one coun­try in the SAARC re­gion. At the last Saarc sum­mit in Nepal in 2014, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had pro­posed a re­gional satel­lite ex­clu­sively for the SAARC na­tions. The pro­posal was widely en­dorsed by the SAARC coun­tries, in­clud­ing Pak­istan, for hav­ing a re­gion­spe­cific satel­lite sim­i­lar to the satel­lites op­er­at­ing in the North Amer­i­can and Euro­pean re­gions.

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