In his message, Hamid Ansari said, "I offer my congratulations to the Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of GSLV-F09 carrying South Asia Geostationary Communication Satellite (GSAT-9), which will boost connectivity and cooperation among all participating SAARC countries".
He also congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of the South Asia satellite-GSAT-09.
Six of India's neighbours including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka and the Maldives participated in the space-based regional communication project.
Hasina said with the launching of South Asia Satellite, Bangladesh and India have expanded connectivity from land, water and air to space.
Configured around the ISRO's standard I-2K bus, the main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years.
The GSAT-9 machine that weighs about 2,198kg is likely to take off on the GSLV grounds this coming May 5.
This is the GSLV's 11th flight.
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Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that the satellite was a "testimony" to South Asia becoming self-reliant in space science.
Seven South Asian leaders joined through video conferencing as the communication spacecraft lift off from Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh in the evening. The satellite, with its 12-Ku band transponders-transmitters and receivers of radio signals, will enable telecommunication, tele-education and tele-medicine as well as mapping of natural resources. This is an appropriate example of our commitment towards South Asia.
The South Asia Satellite will be commissioned into service after the completion of orbit raising operations and the satellite's positioning in its designated slot in the GSO following in-orbit testing of its payloads.
Pakistan today termed the launch of South Asian Satellite by India's space agency ISRO as exclusively made by New Delhi and therefore it can not be called a regional project. Pakistan is not a part of the project as it had refused to accept India's "gift", which Modi had proposed soon after becoming the Prime Minister in 2014.
On his "Mann ki baat" programme on Sunday last, Modi had announced that the South Asia Satellite would be India's "priceless gift" to its neighbouring countries.
On Friday, Modi said that the satellite demonstrates that the sky is not the limit for South Asian cooperation.
"The South Asia Satellite demonstrates that our collective choices for our citizens will bring us together for cooperation, not conflict; development, not destruction; and prosperity not poverty", the Indian leader added.