Prime Minister  of India Narendra Modi had announced the launch of the ambitious South Asian satellite project  two years back. But the current scenario seems like the project is likely to miss the deadline as the Indian Space Research  Organisation (ISRO) and will launch  GSLV Mark III instead in December.

 

A senior official  official said, “ISRO has been launching at least one satellite every month, so our calendar is perennially packed and at this point of time it looks difficult to launch the South Asian satellite in December. It could get delayed by a month”. Talking about the positive side  the launching of GSLV Mark III and will be a crucial development  in the country’s space  history.  The launch vehicle is expected to be sent  in the space by December end.

A.S. Kirankumar the I.S.R.O chairman and department  of space  said that work on GSLV Mark III is in progress but the date  for the launch  it not yet announced. The project will help ISRO launch satellites weighing around four tonnes. At present I.S.R.O has a capacity of launching  satellites  weighing up to 2.2 tonnes. It launched two satellites in Septemebr  and is expected that October will see a launch of two more satellites.

ISRO had conducted  the first experimental mission of  Scramjet Engine  on August 28, 2016. Kirankumar added that they are working on   the South Asian Satellite  project but no date has been finalized for launch. During the regional block’s 2014 summit in Kathmandu, Prime Minister Modi had announced  the launch of the SAARC satellite as  a gift to its neighbours so as to expand information sharing and connectivity with the region. On the other hand the move was opposed by Pakistan and demanded that the satellite be brought under the ambit of grouping.

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