India has successfully launched a powerful geostationary satellite that can cover whole South Asia region . This is also first satellite that uses an electric propulsion .
The Satellite is launched from India’s second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR) in Sriharikota (Sriharikota is a barrier island off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, India). This satellite is now orbiting very close to the intended one .
Google map from which satellite is launched
Aim of Satellite
The main purpose of this satellite is helping boost telecommunication and broadcasting service capacity to South Asian countries . From this satellite Bangladesh, the Maldives,Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal will take benefit ,since these country are very back on communication and internet technology . Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promished satellite serving to the SAARC member nation during the 18th SAARC summit held in Nepal in 2014 . But that speech was on controversy . As a part of his India’s Neighbourhood first policy.Nepal,Afghanistan , Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan are the main users of the multi-dimensional facilities like telecommunication , radio ,TV signl broadcasting ,weather broadcasting ,provided by the satellite
This satellite mission also shows India is investing large amount of money to satellites and outer space research . Now total number of satellite launched by India are 104 .
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took three years to build the satellite and estimated spent cost is $65 millions . Now SAARC country can use service from this satellite but they have to build their own ground infrastructure .