The clock is ticking fast for the much-awaited launch of the South Asia Communication Satellite GSAT-9 on May 5, 2017. The Geostationary Communication Satellite will be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 4.57 pm on Friday.
"All activities are going on smoothly,” ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said and added that satellite will boost connectivity among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. The SAARC countries which will benefit include India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives.
Out of the eight SAARC countries, only Pakistan has opted out of the mission, stating that it has its own space programme. Pakistan’s decision to opt out of programme has raised a question. Is Pakistan's decision driven by its hostile relationship with India?
Whatever be the reasons, let's know about the satellite launch.
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