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The SAARC Satellite is a proposed geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation region. During the 18th SAARC summit held in Nepal in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mooted the idea of a satellite serving the needs of SAARC member nations, part of his Neighbourhood first policy.

SAARC Satellite
Mission type Communication-Meteorology Satellite
Operator ISRO
Spacecraft properties
Bus I-2K
Launch mass 2 t (2.2 tons)
Power kW
Start of mission
Launch date March 2017 (planned)
Rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)
Launch site Satish Dhawan Space Centre
Transponders
Coverage area SAARC

The SAARC Satellite is a proposed geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region. During the 18th SAARC summit held in Nepal in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mooted the idea of a satellite serving the needs of SAARC member nations, part of his Neighbourhood first policy.

Although the satellite is intended to serve the SAARC region, Pakistan has opted out of the program, while Afghanistan and Bangladesh have not pledged their commitment.

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SAARC Satellite - India's gift to South Asia

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