Touted as India's "priceless gift" to its South Asian neighbours, the GSAT-9 launched yesterday will provide communication and help in disaster management in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan. Pakistan refused to be a part of the project.
"..It was a dream and a commitment, which India has adhered to," tweeted PM Modi who had made a unilateral proposal of India launching such a regional satellite soon after he became the Prime Minister in 2014.
The Prime Minister tweeted in response to a message by a follower who congratulated him, saying that his dream had come true.
The Rs 235 crore satellite has been built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as part of a Rs 450 crore project.
The cuboid-shaped 2,230 kg satellite named SAS will enable a full range of services to the neighbours, including in telecommunication, television, direct-to-home, VSATs, tele-education and telemedicine. The South Asian Satellite (SAS) mission life is 12 years.