India's foreign ministry has announced the launch of the India-Bhutan satellite, developed in collaboration with the state of Bhutan in India, into space.
According to the statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the PSLV-C54 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located on Sriharikota Island. In the south of Andhra Pradesh in India.
The statement said the rocket carries other satellites besides India-Bhutan Sat, which was jointly developed with Bhutan.
Bhutan's Minister of Information and Communications Karma Donen, Engdi and a delegation of senior officials from Bhutan were in Sriharikota when the satellites were launched, the statement said, noting that Bhutan will evaluate the high-resolution images to be provided by the India-Bhutan SAT on natural resource management.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a statement after the launch that India had marked a "historic turning point" in its bilateral cooperation with Bhutan.
Minister Jaishankar stated that Bhutanese engineers received training in the country in making satellites and analyzing the data to be taken from the satellite, and as a result, the satellite developed together was launched today.