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India-Bhutan SAT launched into space today by ISRO’s PSLV

India-Bhutan SAT

The India-Bhutan SAT, developed jointly by India and Bhutan, was launched into space today by the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The PSLV C54 carried the India-Bhutan SAT, as well as India’s Earth Observation Satellite -06 and other satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, according to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs.

“Congratulations to team @isro and @dittbhutan on the successful launch of India-Bhutan Sat today,” tweeted External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

“Today we have achieved a historic milestone in India’s bilateral cooperation with Bhutan as two special friends and neighbours. In a span of two years, the collaborative efforts of the dedicated team of space, engineers and scientists from ISRO and Bhutanese sides have culminated today in the launch of this satellite for Bhutan,” said Jaishankar at the launch of the satellite.

Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi, Bhutan’s Minister of Information and Communications, led a high-level delegation to Sriharikota to witness the launch of the India-Bhutan SAT.

The launch of the India-Bhutan SAT was also witnessed by an 18-member media delegation from Bhutan, who were in India for a week of familiarisation.

Arindam Bagchi tweeted MEA spokesperson, “The India-Bhutan SAT, jointly developed by India and Bhutan was launched into space today by @isro’s PSLV. The PSLV-C54 carried the India-Bhutan SAT, along with EOS-06 and other satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota”.

India has aided in the capacity building of Bhutanese engineers by providing hands-on training at the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru on satellite building and testing, as well as satellite data processing and analysis. According to the release, this culminated in the joint development of the customised satellite for Bhutan, which was launched today.

Jaishankar said, “Accordingly, the Indian side extended capacity-building for Bhutanese engineers – the UR Rao Satellite Centre, ISRO in Bengaluru to enhance training in small satellite building and testing, and processing and analyzing the satellite data. In a landmark initiative, the two sides have now jointly developed a customized small satellite for Bhutan INS-2B”.

It may also be recalled that during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bhutan in August 2019, the two sides had jointly inaugurated the ground earth station of the South Asia Satellite in Thimphu, constructed with the support of ISRO.

Jaishankar said, “As envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as, the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, our two sides have taken the India-Bhutan partnership to a new and emerging area in the 21st century through achievements in space and technology. During the visit of PM Modi to Bhutan in August 2019, we jointly inaugurated the ground-earth stations of the South Asia satellite in Thimpu, which was constructed with the support of ISRO. India launched the South Asia satellite in 2017 as a gift to nations in South Asia, including Bhutan”.

The India-Bhutan SAT will provide high-resolution images to Bhutan for the management of its natural resource.

Jaishankar said, “Recognizing the positive impact of South Asia satellite on the socio-economic development of Bhutan in areas such as communication and disaster management. PM Modi had offered an increased plan with additional transponders as per Bhutan’s requirements as a gift to the people of Bhutan,” .

ISRO tweeted, “PSLV-C54/EOS-06 Mission is accomplished. The remaining satellites have all been injected into their intended orbits”.

All nine satellites are successfully placed in multiple orbits by the rocket.

India’s foreign policy actively focuses on strengthening ties with India’s immediate neighbours, a policy known as the Neighbourhood First policy. India desires a peaceful, prosperous, and stable neighbourhood in order to promote peace, prosperity, and stability in the South Asian region, as well as a greater emphasis on development. For example, India’s SAARC satellite is dedicated to South Asian peace and prosperity.

 

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