India launches first South Asia Satellite, a ‘gift’ to neighbours : GSAT-9

Sat.  6 May  2017 : In a historic gesture of extending support to regional neighbors, India’s premier space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched first South Asia Satellite GSAT- 9 on Friday, 6 May.

The mission is entirely funded by India and sets trail to its “neighbor first policy”

GSAT – 9  is designed to map natural resources, telemedicine, IT connectivity and people-to-people links.

The ‘gift to neighbours’ will also help bond closely with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and allay ill will from Pakistan – the only South Asian country to shun the project.

GSAT – 9 took off from Sriharikota, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, at 4.57pm on Friday and a group of leaders from the region including Narendra Modi connected via Satellite link.

Speaking at the historic moment,  Modi recalled his  “promise to extend advanced space technology for the cause of growth and prosperity of our brothers and sisters in South Asia” at the 2014 summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Kathmandu and said that promise now stands fulfilled.

The launch will provide participating nations with significant capability in terms of DTH(direct-to-home) apart from linking countries for disaster information transfer. The project is expected to aid effective communication, better banking, reach education to remote areas and help superior governance.

 

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