India will launch GSAT-9 Communication Satellite on May 5 through its heavy rocket geostational satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-F09). According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the launch of the GSAT-9 communication satellite is being done to provide different communication applications in KU-band with the coverage of South Asian countries.
According to ISRO, “GSAT-9 has been built near ISRO standard I-2 bus, which is 2,230 kilograms. The main structure of the satellite is solid, which is made around a central cylinder, whose mission age is over 12 years. ”
The GSLV rocket will fly with the indigenous cryogenic engine and it will be launched from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. GSAT-9 satellite will “enable a full range of applications and services to our neighbours in the areas of telecommunication and broadcasting applications viz. television, direct-to-home (DTH), very small aperture terminals (VSATs), tele-education, telemedicine and disaster management support”.
The GSAT-9 satellite also has the capability to provide secure hot lines among the participating nations in addition since the region is highly prone to earthquakes, cyclones, floods, tsunamis, it may help in providing critical communication links in times of disasters. Among Indias neighbours, three nations already possess full-fledged communication satellites with Pakistan and Sri Lanka having been helped by China; Afghanistan also has a communication satellite actually an old India-made satellite acquired from Europe. Bangladesh is likely to have its first bird in the sky later this year made with help from Thales.
Let us tell you that India had successfully conducted a successful test of mid-range ballistic missile Agni-3 from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on Thursday. According to sources in the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), missile test was done at 9.12 in the morning from the launch pad no. 4 of the integrated test range. The special army of the Indian Army, Tactical Force Command, tested it with the help of DRDO.
According to the sources, Agni-3 is the mainstay of India’s nuclear weapons and the missile which was tested was selected with certainty. The fire power of Agni-3 is 3,000 kilometers to 5,000 kilometers and it is capable of carrying about 1.5 tonnes of conventional and nuclear explosives.