“PSLV C23 has proved to be the most reliable space launch vehicle in the world,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu witnessed the successful launch of five foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV-C23 rocket which placed them in orbit, from the Sriharikota spaceport, about 100 kilometres from Chennai.

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former ISRO chairman said, “It is a matter of extreme pride that the PM has emphasized the need to harness technology and make it available to improve quality of life.”

Proposing satellite diplomacy with a view to playing a key role in the development of the region, the Prime Minister has asked the Indian space agency to develop a SAARC satellite which can be dedicated as a 'gift' to the neighbours.

"For us, it (space programme) is an important instrument of human progress. We must, therefore, share the fruits of technological advancement with those who do not enjoy it. We already share disaster management data with over 30 countries. We provide benefits of telemedicine to Afghanistan and African countries. But we must do more. 'Yeh dil maange more' (the heart desires for more)," Modi said repeating a famous tagline.

He also exhorted the scientific community to enlarge India's footprints of satellite navigation system to cover all of South Asia.

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