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ISRO launches South Asia Satellite flawlessly, leaders call it historic day without precedence
May 5 turned out to be another landmark day in the progress of Indian space science with the successful launch of 2230-kg South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

This was the 11th launch of GSLV from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota which was carried out through the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage vehicle.

According to an official press release, in its oval shaped GTO, the South Asia Satellite is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,105 km with an orbital inclination of 20.65 degrees with respect to the Equator.

The major phases of the flight occurred as scheduled. About seventeen minutes after lift-off, South Asia Satellite was successfully placed in GTO, added the release.

It has been stated that South Asia Satellite is a communication satellite built by ISRO to provide a variety of communication services over the South Asian region. For this, it is equipped with Ku-band transponders.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi along with the South Asian leaders congratulated ISRO and remarked that 'today was a historic day for South Asia and a day without precedence'.

Vice President, M Hamid Ansari has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) saying, "I offer my congratulations to the scientists, engineers and technicians of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of GSLV-F09 carrying South Asia Geostationary Communication Satellite (GSAT-9), which will boost connectivity and cooperation among all participating SAARC countries."

"The flawless launch demonstrates India's capabilities in Geosynchronous Satellite launching. I wish ISRO all the very best for the future," he added.

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