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South Asian Satellite was a dream and commitment India has adhered to: PM Modi

The GSLV-F09 rocket carrying the GSAT-9 satellite was launched on Friday from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite is intended to address the region’s “economic and developmental priorities”.

india Updated: May 06, 2017 21:02 IST
South Asian Satellite

GSLV-F09 carrying GSAT-9 communications satellite blasts off from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota on May 5.(Reuters)

The launching of South Asian Satellite was “a dream and a commitment” which India has fulfilled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, a day after the country crafted history.

Touted as India’s “priceless gift” to its South Asian neighbours, the GSAT-9 launched on Friday will provide communication and help in disaster management in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan.

Neighbouring Pakistan refused to be part of the project and didn’t acknowledge the launch of GSAT-9 as a regional effort.

“..It was a dream and a commitment, which India has adhered to,” tweeted Modi who had made a unilateral proposal of India launching such a regional satellite soon after he became the Prime Minister in 2014.

The Prime Minister tweeted in response to a message by a follower who congratulated him, saying that his dream had come true.

To another tweet, Modi said, “Through science, we can transform the lives of the poor and marginalised.”

The Rs 235 crore satellite has been built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as part of a Rs 450 crore project.

The cuboid-shaped 2,230 kg satellite named SAS will enable a full range of services to the neighbours, including in telecommunication, television, direct-to-home, VSATs, tele-education and telemedicine. The South Asian Satellite (SAS) mission life is 12 years.