India launches 'invaluable' South Asia satellite

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India launches 'invaluable' South Asia satellite

#1  Postby DougC » May 05, 2017 3:50 pm

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India has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre.
The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services.

Indian space agency's trusted GSLV rocket carried the satellite into space

Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative.
Analysts have called the launch Indian PM Narendra Modi's "space diplomacy".
In a tweet, Mr Modi congratulated the scientists on the launch, saying he was "very proud of them".

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