What is South Asia Satellite?
Earlier named SAARC Satellite, the idea was first mooted by PM of India in 2014. It is a part of the India’s Neighborhood First policy. SAS is communication cum meteorological Satellite especially built for the South Asia region.
√ It will provide communication, telemedicine, meteorological forecasting and broadcasting services in the South Asia region.
√ SAARC minus one: Pakistan pulled out from the SAARC Satellite so it was renamed as South Asia Satellite & is indicative of India’s will to carry on with it’s plan for the neighborhood. SAARC minus one = SAARC – Pakistan.
√ Increase in India’s goodwill in the region
√ Will counter the impact of China in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal.
Operational cost of the project: 450 Cr
Transponders used: 12 Ku band transponders
Launch Date: 5th May
Project completion time: 18 months
Developed by: ISRO
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav