The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday successfully launched the ‘South Asia Satellite’ (SAS), that will boost connectivity among nations in the region.
The countdown for the launch of GSAT-9 began on Thursday. The Geostationary Communication Satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 4:57 PM at Sriharikota, about 135 km from Chennai. The GSLV-F09 carrying GSAT-9 blasted off from the second launch pad at the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
Prominent personalities from all over the world shared their piece of opinions on India's achievement:
#Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal: This will be helpful to provide communication services in mountain & hilly regions of Nepal
#Maldives President, Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom: Sincerely hope that we'll be able to aside differences &work together as org that can fulfill hopes. Sabka saath, sabka vikas
#Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri lanka: Congratulate on launch, it signifies intent to build cordial relations&vision for cooperation with SAARC countries
#Maldives President, Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom: Launching of South Asia Satellite signifies India's neighbourhood first policy
#Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan: If cooperation through land is not possible, it is certainly possible through sky& we are confident that we will integrate
#Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay: The launch of this satellite will boost regional cooperation & bring about common progress of our region
#Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan: Development must become citizen centric. Today's initiative is child centred& women centred, it makes governance accessible
#Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina: I congratulate government of India. Hope this will open a new horizon of cooperation in the region
#Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan: The gap between talk&action is bridged today,the imperative of regional cooperation is changed to the reality