NEW DELHI, June 30 Newly elected Prime Minister
Narendra Modi made a pitch for India to be the world's low-cost
space technology supplier, minutes after witnessing the launch
of a rocket carrying five satellites from France, Singapore,
Germany and Canada on Monday.
The launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle bolsters
India's goal of capturing more of the $304 billion annual global
space market, and Modi seized the moment with an uplifting
speech about India's prowess in cheap space technology.
"This fills every Indian's heart with pride and I can see it
reflected in the joy and satisfaction on your faces," said Modi,
from the launch site of India's southeastern coast.
"Truly this is a global endorsement of India's space
capability," he said, adding that India's current Mars mission
cost less than the budget of the Hollywood science fiction film
(Reporting by Sruthi Gottipati; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel
and Ron Popeski)