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GSAT-9 launch Highlights: PM Modi says ‘historic occasion’ as India’s South Asia Satellite takes off

GSAT-9, considered as a ‘gift’ to its South Asian neighbours, is all set to ride piggyback on the ISRO rocket GSLV-F09 with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage.

india Updated: May 05, 2017 21:55 IST
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ISRO’s GSAT-9 on board the GSLV-F09 launches from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on May 5.
ISRO’s GSAT-9 on board the GSLV-F09 launches from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on May 5.(AFP Photo)

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying the GSAT-9 or the “South Asia” satellite took off at 4:57 pm on Friday.

Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 135 km from here.

The satellite, costing around Rs 235 crore, is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among the countries of South Asia region. Its mission life will span 12 years.

PM Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of GSAT satellite and addressed a programme via video conferencing.

Leaders of Saarc nations including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh PM Hasina, Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, Sri Lanka PM Prachanda, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena also joined in the video conference.

Read below for live updates:

6: 10 pm: This will be helpful to provide communication services in mountain &hilly regions of Nepal: Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

6: 05 pm: “Congratulate on launch, it signifies intent to build cordial relations&vision for cooperation with SAARC countries”:Sri Lankan President M Sirisena.

6: 00 pm: PM Modi says the South Asia satellite tells us that even the sky is not the limit when it comes to regional cooperation.

“Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas can be guiding light for action&cooperation in region”: PM Modi.

5:56 pm:

5: 56 pm: Afghanistan President Ghani: “Development must become citizen centric. Today’s initiative is child centred& women centred, it makes governance accessible.”

He said if cooperation through land is not possible, it is certainly possible through sky and we are confident that we will integrate.

5:52 pm: Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay: “The launch of this satellite will boost regional cooperation & bring about common progress of our region.”

5: 45 pm: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: “I congratulate government of India. Hope this will open a new horizon of cooperation in the region.”

5:45 pm:

5:40 pm: ISRO team has led from the front in developing the South Asia Satellite as per the regions’ requirements and flawlessly launching it: PM Modi.

5:38 pm: PM says its first of its kind project in South Asia.

5:32 pm: PM Modi says it’s a historic day for South Asia, a day without precedence.

“Two years ago, India made a promise. A promise to extend the advanced space technology for the cause of growth and prosperity of our brothers and sisters in South Asia,” PM said.

5:20 pm: PM Modi says leaders of Saarc nations will take part and address the programme via video conferencing at 5.30 PM this evening.

5:15 pm: Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO on the launch of South Asia Satellite. “The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch,” the PM tweeted.

5:13 pm: A video of the launch.

5:03 pm:

4: 57 pm: GSLV carrying GSAT-9 takes off from Sriharikota.

•A 28-hour countdown for the rocket launch began at 12:57 pm on Thursday.

• Seven of the eight participating Saarc countries include India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives. Pakistan opted out saying it has its “own space programme”.

• Standing 49 metres tall and weighing around 450 ton, the GSLV is a three stage rocket. The first stage is fired with solid fuel, the second with liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.

(with inputs from agency)