ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite

ISRO is all set for another milestone – a South Asia Satellite for Communication and Disaster Support. India’s ambitious satellite, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the benefit of SAARC members, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project.

Earlier called the SAARC satellite, it was renamed as ‘South Asia Satellite’ after Pakistan opted out of the project.

About South Asia Satellite:

It is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAS) region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement about this satellite during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in 2014, calling it a “gift to India’s neighbor”.

Response from SAARC members:

The response for the satellite was generally favourable by the SAARC nations, except Pakistan.

Why Pakistan is not included?

Pakistani concern are marked by the fact that the satellite could allow India to have access and secure key data on Pakistan’s sensitive information database infrastructure.