India’s Heaviest Satellite Gsat-11 Launched Today, Will Improve Internet Connectivity In India

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Published by Vijay Sisodiya on 05 Dec 2018

After waiting for like months, finally on Wednesday, India’s heaviest satellite Gsat-11 weighing 5,854 kg get launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana at 2.07 am. Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket successfully take off with communication satellite Gsat-11 and South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A.

29-minute later the take-off of the rocket, satellite  Gsat-11 get separated from it and placed in the geo-transfer orbit. Just after 4 minutes, the Korean satellite got released in space. The time gap is considered in releasing the satellite so that they don’t get collide.

This Gsat-11 satellite will improve internet connectivity with up to 14 gigabits per second (GBPS) data transfer speed which carries 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies. It will stay in the space for more than 15 years.

Have a look at the tweet doe by ISRO…

Soon after the successful launch, Arianespace chief executive Stephane Israel congratulated Isro chairman K Sivan and P Kunhikrishnan, director of Bengaluru-based UR Rao Satellite Centre, who were present at the Arianespace control room to witness the launch. He said, “cooperation with the Indian space agency went back to 1991 and today’s launch has boosted that relationship”.

Thanking Arianespace for the launch, Isro chairman Sivan said, “Six days after the successful launch (on November 29) of India’s first hyperspectral imaging satellite HysIS, today’s launch of the country’s heaviest satellite Gsat-11 is a major milestone for the country.

This satellite has been designed in most innovative ways by Isro centers and the credit for its success goes to Team Isro.” He said that “Gsat-11 is the third in a series of four high throughput satellites (Gsat-19, Gsat-29, Gsat-11, and Gsat-20) that will provide the country broadband connectivity of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) and will link rural areas and bridge the digital divide under the Digital India programme.”

Earlier, Gsat-19 was released in June last year and Gsat-29 was launched on November 14, 2018.

The chairman said, “The master control center of Isro (at Hassan in Karnataka) has taken control of Gsat-11. In the coming five days, the satellite will be maneuvered to its final geostationary orbit. Thereafter for the next 10 days, the payloads will be tested.” He congratulates for the same (Geo-Kompsat-2A) to South Korea.

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