Chennai: Indian rocket with the over two ton South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9, intended to address the region's "economic and developmental priorities", blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport on Friday evening.
Precisely at 4.57 p.m., the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) rose into the sky from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
The 49 metre-tall, 415 ton rocket will sling into orbit, the 2,230 kg South Asia Satellite, intended as an 'Indian Gift' for use by its fellow South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations save Pakistan, which had opted out, stating "it has its own space programme.
All you wanted to know about GSAT-9
1.It will provide different communication applications in Ku-band. It will cover South Asian countries.
2.49 metres tall, weight is around 450 ton.
3.GSLV is a 3-stage rocket. The first stage is fired with solid fuel, the second with liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.
4.Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
5.Launch displays India's soft power and regional influence.
6. GSAT-9 is configured around the ISRO's standard I-2K bus, with a lift-off mass of 2,230 kg.
7.Main structure is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder.
8. It has a mission life of more than 12 years.
9. ISRO on experimental basis decided to have electric power for the satellite
10.Next satellite with electric power will be the GSAT-20, which will be launched in 2018.
11. ISRO will now launch its heaviest rocket GSLV-Mk III later this month.
12. Initially it was called Saarc satellite, but was renamed after Pakistan dropped out and India was unable to reach an agreement with Afghanistan to be a part of this mega project.