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In 1992, the US under President George Bush had slapped sanctions on Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and prevented Russia from sharing cryogenic engine technology with the Indian space agency so as to check India from making missiles.

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Till recently, American space agency NASA and India's ISRO were almost forbidden to talk to each other as sanctions were in place.

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Not long ago, talk of a satellite that would fit into a cube and weigh 64 grams, would have been dismissed as sci-fi and deemed impossible to make in the real life.

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India is a role model for others in space technology and its applications which have been contributing to the country’s economy apart from the exploration of space and planets, said former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Space Commission K Radhakrishnan here on Saturday.

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The first launch of GSLV Mark –III, the satellite launch vehicle that can carry 4,000 kg payload, is scheduled for June 5, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar announced.

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The successful launch of the South Asian Satellite from Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on Friday not only reiterated the technological prowess of India’s space agency, but was also a landmark in science diplomacy in the region.

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The Geostationary Communication Satel lite-9 (GSAT-09) became the first Indian spacecraft to carry an Electric Propulsion System (EPS), which was successfully tested with Friday's launch, paving the way for development of future satellites that will be considerably lighter.

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Pakistan on Friday blamed India for its exclusion from the ‘SAARC Satellite’ project, saying New Delhi was not willing to develop the venture on a collaborative basis.

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Taking both space diplomacy and India’s outreach to the neighbours into a “new orbit”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a unique joint videoconference of the leaders of all SAARC countries, apart from Pakistan who had declined to join the South Asia satellite programme, shortly after the successful launch of the GSLV GSAT 9.

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India made its biggest space diplomacy push today when the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), carrying the GSAT-9 or the "South Asia" satellite, was launched successfully at 4.57 p.m. from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

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