New Delhi: With the successful launch of the GSAT-9 or the "South Asia" satellite on Friday, PM Narendra Modi's great space diplomacy took off too. PM Modi had termed that satellite as a price less gift for South Asia. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), carrying the GSAT-9, took off at 4.57 p.m. from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
What PM Modi said about GSAT-9
1. "The capacities of this satellite and the facilities it provides will go a long way in addressing South Asia's economic and developmental priorities," PM had said in 'Mann Ki Baat'.
2. "Natural resources mapping, telemedicine, the field of education, deeper IT connectivity or fostering people-to-people contact, this satellite will prove to be a boon in the progress of the entire region."
3. "It is an important step by India to enhance cooperation with the entire South Asia...It is an invaluable gift. This is an appropriate example of our commitment towards South Asia. I welcome all the South Asian countries who have joined us on this momentous endeavour," he had said.