GSAT-11 India’s heaviest communication satellite launched successfully from French Guiana
Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO’s GSAT-11 satellite also called the “Big Bird ” was successfully launched into space from the French spaceport of Kourou in South America. The satellite will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. The satellite, weighing 5854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that has been put into the orbit. The Ariane 5 also lifted off South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega.
- The 5854-kg GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to Indian mainland and islands users through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band.
- With 32 Ku-band transponders and 8 Ka-band hubs on board, GSAT-11 would be three to six times more powerful than any other ISRO’s satellite.
- GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme. The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance, among others.
- The satellite will help meet India’s growing mobile and internet usage in households, businesses and public organizations.