India's heaviest and next generation communication satellite with high throughput GSAT-11 was put into orbit by Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace from French Guiana on December 5, the Indian space agency and Arianespace said.
Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 is the heaviest satellite built by ISRO.
Update #2#ISROMissions#GSAT11#Ariane5— ISRO (@isro) December 5, 2018
Good Morning India! The heaviest, largest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite of India, GSAT-11 was launched successfully from Kourou Launch Zone today onboard Ariane 5 VA246 launch vehicle. @PMOIndia@Arianespace pic.twitter.com/mxEdhar78w
GSAT-11 is the fore-runner in the series of advanced communication satellites with multi-spot beam antenna coverage over Indian mainland and Islands, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
"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," said ISRO Chairman K Sivan.
The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.
He said 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," Sivan added.
According to ISRO, GSAT-11 will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications.
The satellite with a mission life of 15 years will have 32 user beams (Ku band) and eight hub beams (Ka band) and the throughput data rate of 16 Gbps.
The Indian space agency said the GSAT-11 will be used to meet the increased data demands with high data rates over regions using spot beams.
The satellite will support VSAT terminals and for enterprise network and consumer broadband applications.
After the GSAT-11 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan took over the satellite's control to raise the orbit to a circular Geostationary Orbit, ISRO said.
It was a dual launch for Arianespace as its heavy lift Ariane 5 rocket also put into orbit Korea's GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite.
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