GSAT-9 Takes Off Successfully From Sriharikota

This is the first time such an attempt was made to exercise neighbourhood diplomacy with the help of a satellite.

Sriharikota: Carrying the gift presented by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the six South Asian neighbours, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV took off at 4.57 pm on Friday from Sriharikota, carrying a 450 crore communications satellite.

“I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them,” PM Modi tweeted, announcing that leaders of the beneficiary countries will join him in a videoconference in a short while to celebrate the launch.

This is the first time such an attempt was made to exercise neighbourhood diplomacy with the help of a satellite.  It caters to the requirement of India’s neighbours, which don’t have a big presence in space.

As one of the top-most space powers, India is providing the countries the access to transponders on the satellite, free of charge.  Such transponders are available commercially and ISRO leased out transponder space to several private and foreign organisations earlier.

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