ISRO ‘s GSAT-9 launched: PM Modi celebrates with leaders of six nations as South Asia Satellite takes off

By: | Updated: May 5, 2017 6:03 PM

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the much-anticipated the South Asia Communication Satellite on Friday afternoon

GSAT 9, GSAT-9 launch, GSAT 9 live updates, GSAT 9 launch live updates, ISRO satelltile launch, South Asia satellite GSAT 9 launchGSAT-9 seen with two halves of payload faring of GSLV-F09. (Source: ISRO)

ISRO GSLV F-09 satellite launch Live Updates: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the much-anticipated the South Asia Communication Satellite on Friday afternoon – PM Narendra Modi has famously projected it as India’s ‘gift’ to South Asian countries. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV F-09 carrying the communication and broadcasting satellite will take off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikotta at 4.57 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ said the satellite is India’s gift to the region that will go a long way in addressing the economic and development priorities of the nations in the region. Six of India’s neighbours including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are participating in the space-based regional communication project. The satellite weighs around 2230 kilogram during lift off and will be carrying 12 Ku-Band transponders. It has been developed at a cost of about 235-crore rupees and the total cost of the project including the launch is worked out to be about 450-crore rupees.

Here are live updates from the launch:

5.58 PM: PM Modi thanks the leaders for celebrating with India the launch of ISRO’s South Asian Satellite. “This launch tells us that even the sky is not the limit when it comes to regional cooperation,” he says.

5.57 PM: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says: It is an honour to congratulate you on this historic occasion.This initiative will provide assistance to many priority areas of the region. May this initiative support people in all regions, enhance economic conditions & help to eliminate poverty.”

5.55 PM: Nepal PM PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal says: “We extend hearty congratulations to PM Modi and Government of India. This will enhance connectivity. This will be helpful to provide communication services in the mountain and hilly regions of Nepal.”

5.52 PM: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen says: Gives me immense pleasure to be a part of this occasion. On behalf of the Maldives my gratitude to PM Modi & India. This launch is an example of India’s ‘neighbour first policy. We must work for common good, better economic opportunities. ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

5.50 PM: Bhutan PM Tshering Togbays says, “Launch of the South Asia satellite historic moment for the world, it ushers in a new era of regional cooperation. My heartfelt thanks to the visionary leader, PM Modi for dedicating it to the common progress of the South Asian region. Launch of this satellite, our satellite, augurs well for our region and for nations like Bhutan. This gift from India is an example of true friendship and cooperation. It will bring common progress of our region.

5.47 PM: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina says: “This is an extremely important step to know nature and nature’s patterns. Happy to be able to talk to PM Narendra Modi and other esteemed leaders. On today’s auspicious occasion, I congratulate the Government of India (for the successful launch). Betterment of our people can happen through fruitful engagement.”

5.43 PM: “This is an extremely important step to know nature and nature’s patterns,” says President Ghani.

5.42 PM: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on South Asia Satellite launch: “Through this cooperation, we have to work for the poor and the deprived. Development must be citizen-centric. Today’s development is child centred and women centred, it makes governance accessible.”

5.40 PM: Through this, 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. 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.

5.38 PM: “I am grateful to fellow leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and 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,” says PM Modi.

5.36 PM: PM Modi to SAARC leaders: “Two years ago, India made a promise — a promise to extend the advanced space technology for the cause of growth and prosperity of our brothers and sisters in South Asia. With this launch, we have started a journey to build the most advanced frontier of our partnership. We extend our close links into Outer Space.”

5.33 PM: “I am immensely grateful to my fellow leaders (of participating countries),” says PM Modi.

5.25 PM: “The support and presence of these leaders will add even more joy in the hearts & minds of our region.We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind,” PM Modi tweets.

5.22 PM: “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.All the leaders will take part & address the programme via video conferencing at 5.30 PM this evening,” PM Modi tweets.

5.15 PM: PM Modi congratulates scientists for successful launch of GSAT-9, tweets this will benefit south Asia region.

5.11 PM: Watch GSAT-9 taking off from Sri Harikotta.

5.09 PM: The mission life of Rs 235 crore-South Asia Satellite is 12 years.

5.05 PM: Seven of the eight SAARC countries–India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, are a part of the project.

4.58 PM: South Asia Satellite would also boost India’s bilateral relation with neighbours, except Pakistan. The satellite would help set direct hotline among the participating countries.

4.57 PM: South Asia Satellite takes off.

4.50 PM: Seven minutes left for launch.

4.45 PM: Recently in his Mann Ki Baat programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “On the 5th of May, India will launch the South Asia Satellite. The capacities of this satellite and the facilities it provides will go a long way in addressing South Asia’s economic and developmental priorities. 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.”

4.40 PM: This is going to be the 11th flight of GSLV.

4:35 PM: We are only a few minutes away from the historic moment. The take off will take place at 4:57 PM.

4:25 PM: MoS Jitender Singh posted a tweet saying he is proud of ISRO:

3:35 PM: “On May 5, India will launch the South Asia Satellite. The benefits of this satellite will go a long way in meeting the developmental needs of the countries participating in this project,” Modi had said during his last episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

2:55 PM: The national space agency ISRO uses the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage in this flight of the GSLV for the fourth time. In total, it would be the 11th flight of the GSLV. In short, as envisaged by Prime Minister Modi, it is a satellite sans frontiers, for the nations to grow together.

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2:15 PM: The GSAT-9 is a Geostationary Communication Satellite and data from it will be shared with the other five countries. It will help to meet the growing telecommunications and broadcasting needs of the region.

2:00 PM: Here is what MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay had to say:

1:45 PM: All participating nations will have access to at least one transponder using which they can telecast their own programming. The satellite is expected to provide communication channels between countries for better disaster management as the region is prone to natural disasters.

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