'Sky is not the limit,' Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ISRO's Successful 450-Crore Satellite Launch

ISRO built the 2,230-kg satellite, which uses a new propulsion system, over 3 years at a cost of Rs 235 crore. Its mission life is 12 years. The project costs over 450 crore.

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'Sky is not the limit,' Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ISRO's Successful 450-Crore Satellite Launch

The 450-crore GSAT 9, PM Modi's gift to 6 SAARC nations, launched successfully into outer space

ISRO, Sriharikota: 
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) successfully launched the 450-crore GSAT-9 or the South Asia Communication Satellite at ISRO, Sriharikota today. The satellite is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gift to six SAARC nations - India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. "We extend our close links into Outer Space," said PM Modi in his speech addressing the leaders of the six beneficiary nations via video conference. "Space technology will touch the lives of our people in the region," he added.

This is the 11th mission for the 50-meter tall rocket, which entered service in 2001. Inside the flying saucer-shaped control room of the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO, the atmosphere is tense. Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO built the 2,230-kg satellite over three years at a cost of Rs. 235 crore. Its mission life is 12 years. The overall project costs over Rs. 450 crore.

May 05, 2017
18:17 (IST)
That's a wrap on today's satellite launch at ISRO, Sriharikota.  For more stories, please log on to ndtv.com.
May 05, 2017
18:13 (IST)
Thanking every leader for their support and encouraging words, PM Modi said, "I thank each one of you for your kind words. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas will be the guiding light with will help us all grow together. This launch has shown us that even the sky is not the limit when it comes to regional cooperation."

May 05, 2017
18:11 (IST)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said:
May 05, 2017
18:05 (IST)
Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal says:
May 05, 2017
18:03 (IST)
Calling the launch an example of India's 'neighbour first policy', Maldives President Abdulla Yameen cheerfully says, "Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas."
May 05, 2017
18:00 (IST)
Terming the launch of the South Asia satellite, a historic moment for the world, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay thanked PM Modi "for dedicating it to the common progress of the South Asian region" 


May 05, 2017
17:56 (IST)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says, "On today's auspicious occasion, I congratulate the Government of India (for the successful launch). Betterment of our people can happen through fruitful engagement."
May 05, 2017
17:55 (IST)
SAARC leaders address through video conference
May 05, 2017
17:54 (IST)
"Development must be citizen centric. Today's development is child centred and women centred, it makes governance accessible," says Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.
"This is an extremely important step to know nature and nature's patterns," he added.
May 05, 2017
17:52 (IST)
"Convinced that when we join hands & mutually share fruits of knowledge, technology & growth, we can speed up development and prosperity," says PM Modi
May 05, 2017
17:43 (IST)
"Space technology will touch the lives of our people in the region," he said, further adding, "Through this we will achieve effective communication, better governance, better banking services & better education in remote areas."
May 05, 2017
17:42 (IST)
May 05, 2017
17:42 (IST)
"We extend our close links into Outer Space," says PM Modi in his speech.
May 05, 2017
17:38 (IST)
PM Modi addressing the SAARC leaders via video conference 

May 05, 2017
17:37 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated the ISRO team:


May 05, 2017
17:35 (IST)
PM Modi tweets, "The support and presence of these leaders will add even more joy in the hearts & minds of our region."


May 05, 2017
17:33 (IST)
The satellite will reach its destination in the next few weeks, inform scientists at ISRO 
May 05, 2017
17:24 (IST)
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to join with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via on live video conference at 5:30 pm.



May 05, 2017
17:18 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets:
May 05, 2017
17:13 (IST)
Scientists are 4 minutes away from finding whether the satellite launch is a success or failure. 
May 05, 2017
17:13 (IST)
Scientists are 4 minutes away from finding whether the satellite launch is a success or failure. 
May 05, 2017
17:05 (IST)
The satellite has 12 Ku-band transponders, devices that help in communication, with coverage over South Asian countries. 
May 05, 2017
17:02 (IST)
The South Asia Satellite was launched atop a 50-meter tall rocket, the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV. The rocket weighs 414 kg and will use an indigenous cryogenic engine. 
May 05, 2017
16:59 (IST)
GSLV carrying the communication satellite GSAT 9 lifts off from ISRO, Sriharikota at 4.57 pm.
May 05, 2017
16:55 (IST)
Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO built the 2,230-kg satellite over three years at a cost of Rs 235 crore. Its mission life is 12 years. The overall project costs over Rs 450 crore.
May 05, 2017
16:49 (IST)
The satellite will lift-off from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota.
May 05, 2017
16:48 (IST)
The satellite will provide telecommunication links to six SAARC nations - India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. 
May 05, 2017
16:38 (IST)
The 28-hour countdown will soon end after the GLSV lifts off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at  4.57 pm today.
May 05, 2017
16:35 (IST)
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked scientists at ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite as a gift dedicated to six neighbouring nations. The satellite is expected to help communicate during disasters and also focus on telemedicine and education. Each country can beam its own TV programs while there will be the possibility for a common South Asia programming. 

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