South Asia Satellite helping better ties with neighbouring countries: PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Jan 27, 2019, 12:39 PM IST
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In 2017, India made history by launching the maximum number of satellites in one go.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in his first Mann ki Baat of 2019 talked about India's space programme and how it helped the region and provided "competitive launch" service to many countries.

He said, "Our satellites are a symbol of India's growing prowess. It has an important role in our better relations with many countries."

PM explained, through its competitive launch services "India is launching satellites for both developing and developed countries."

Talking about South Asia satellite he said it is a "unique initiative that has facilitated development in our friendly ties with neighbouring countries."

The satellite was launched on 5th May 2017 and barring Pakistan, all countries — Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives is part of the project.  Under the South Asia satellite, India is providing one transponder free of cost for each country. 

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is building a Ground-Station in Bhutan to reap the benefits of the South Asian Satellite and it is expected to be completed soon.

India will be launching Chandrayaan-2 next month. On 24th a student satellite KALAMSAT was launched. 

In 2022, India will be launching its first man mission to space. According to the ISRO, Gaganyaan will cost less than Rs 10,000 crore and generate employment for 15000 people.

In 2017, India made history by launching the maximum number of satellites in one go. 104 satellites were launched by ISRO on PSLV C37 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. A significant number of satellites on board were from countries like the United state, Israel, Kazakhstan, UAE.