#SouthAsianSatellite lifts off with hopes of gracious co-living for SAARC nations
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 05-May-2017

Hyderabad, May 5: The most awaited moment comes near as Indian Space Research Organization ISRO launched ‘South Asia Satellite’ from Satish Dhawan Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The South Asia Satellite is a ‘priceless gift’ from India to her neighbours which aims to boost its “neighbourhood first policy” by gifting a satellite to them.
ISRO launches Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), carrying the GSAT-9 or the “South Asia” satellite. Including India; Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are part of the project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream came true by this successful launch as he today congratulated the scientists of ISRO for successfully launching the #SouthAsiaSatellite. Expressing pride he also said “I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them.” The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch, he added.

The moment was marked with a video conference of Nation heads of SAARC nations who are participated the South Asia Satellite project. 

While addressing the Nation heads PM Modi said:  

The successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement.
This will also greatly benefit South Asia & our region’s progress.

I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them.

The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch.

I welcome President @ashrafghani, PM Hasina, PM @tsheringtobgay, @presidencymv Abdulla Yameen, PM Prachanda, President @MaithripalaS.

We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind.

Grateful to fellow leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives & Sri Lanka for joining me to celebrate this launch.

We extend our close links into Outer Space.

Grateful to fellow leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives & Sri Lanka for joining me to celebrate this launch.

Our coming together is a sign of our unshakeable resolve to place the needs of our peoples in the forefront.

Through this, we will achieve effective communication, better governance, better banking services & better education in remote areas.

ISRO team has led from the front in developing the South Asia Satellite as per the regions' requirements and flawlessly launching it.

Convinced that when we join hands & mutually share fruits of knowledge, technology & growth, we can speed up development and prosperity.

Post successful launch of #SouthAsiaSatelitte Prime Narendra Modi termed this launch as historic launch in the South Asian Nations. He said today is a historic day for South Asia...a day without precedence. He recalled saying that India made a promise two years ago, to extend the advanced space technology for the cause of growth and prosperity of our brothers and sisters in South Asia.

With this launch India have started a journey to build the most advanced frontier of our partnership with South Asian Nations, Modi said. PM Modi expressed gratitude saying that grateful to fellow leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Maldives & Sri Lanka for joining me to celebrate this launch. PM Modi also said that our coming together is a sign of our unshakeable resolve to place the needs of our peoples in the forefront.

Highlighting the importance of space technology PM Modi said that we will achieve effective communication, better governance, better banking services & better education in remote areas. Space technology will touch the lives of our people in the region.

To this the President of Afghanistan reverted cordially saying that this is an extremely important step to know nature and nature's patterns. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina congratulated PM Modi for this launch.

The Indian space agency ISRO built the 2,230-kg communication satellite over three years. The satellite had been built at a cost of Rs. 235 Crore and the total cost of the project was Rs. 450 Crore. The satellite will be carried in a nearly 50m-tall rocket that weighs about 412 tons. The satellite is expected to provide communication channels between countries for better disaster management as the region is prone to natural disasters.

In Sri Lanka, the scientific community and professionals have welcomed the launch of South Asia satellite. Sri Lanka does not have a satellite of its own and relies on foreign countries for its broadcasting and other space technology requirements. This satellite can be of great help to the island nation in the field of resource mapping, disaster management, telemedicine etc and further improving people to people contacts between the two countries. Jaishekhar, Director in Meteorology department also welcomed the move saying it can be very helpful in enhancing their services.