India on Friday (May 5) has successfully launched the much-anticipated South Asia Satellite into orbit.
Indian Space research organization (ISRO) launched the satellite (GSAT-9) using a GSLV-09 rocket from the second launch pad (SLP) at Sriharikota space station in southern state of Andhra Pradesh around 4:57pm.
The satellite, cost RS 235 crore, was launched under the direct supervision of India’s top 50 Aerospace researchers and scientists.
The 2,195 kg mass of satellite would carry 12 ku-band transponders and has a mission life span of more than 12 years.
Six SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives) except Pakistan participated in this project with India.
The top leaders of South Asia have joined in a video conference around 6:00pm Friday following launch program with the view of cooperation and betterment of this region.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has talked with the Indian counterpart Narendra Modi from Dhaka. The premier also exchanged greetings with top leaders of Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Earlier in November 2014, the Indian PM made the announcement about South Asian Satellite during the SAARC Summit in Nepal’s Kathmandu calling it a “gift to India's neighbors”.
BDST: 1930 HRS, MAR 5, 2017