Chennai: India is set to dispatch its Geostationary Communication Satellite (GSAT-9), the South Asia Communication Satellite, that will support availability among countries in the locale.

The Geostationary Communication Satellite, worked by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, around 135 km from Chennai.

GSAT-9, considered as a “gift” to its South Asian neighbours, is good to go to ride piggyback on the space office’s rocket GSLV-F09 with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage.

“Our dream is that this Saarc satellite will work in the welfare of all our neighbouring countries. And that’s why I have proposed in front of you today that we offer a valuable gift to our Saarc countries through a Saarc satellite launch so that we also become partners in their welfare,” Modi said in 2014.

Seven of the eight SAARC nations – India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, are a piece of the venture. Pakistan had chosen to quit, expressing “it has its own space program.”

“The 28-hour countdown operations of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 mission started at 12:57 hrs today,” the ISRO said.

In the wake of coming to power in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested that ISRO researchers build up an SAARC satellite that can be devoted to neighbouring nations as a “gift from India.”

The satellite, costing around Rs 235 crore, is implied for giving correspondence and calamity bolster, network among the nations of South Asia area. Its main goal life will traverse 12 years.

“On May 5, India will launch the South Asia Satellite. The benefits of this satellite will go a long way in meeting the developmental needs of the countries participating in this project,” Modi had said.

On future dispatches, Kumar stated, ISRO would dispatch the GSLV MK III variation which would be trailed by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in the coming months.

In addition, ISRO would dispatch Chandrayaan-II in the start of one year from now, he included.

The past dispatch of correspondence satellite GSAT-8 was on May 21, 2011, from Kourou, French Guiana.