India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched from French Guiana


Chennai, Dec 5: GSAT-11, India’s heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite was put into orbit by an Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace from French Guiana on Wednesday. 

“The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega”, the Indian space agency said in a statement.

The 5854-kg GSAT-11 aims to provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band.

“GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme,” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan stated.

The Bharat Net Project is also expected to boost public welfare schemes such as e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.

According to ISRO Chief, GSAT-11 will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites.

“Today’s successful mission has boosted the confidence of the entire team,” Dr Sivan added.


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