India’s heaviest satellite till date: GSAT-11 has been successfully launched by ISRO at Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana at 2.07 a.m. IST.
This launch of 5,854-kg satellite from a remote European spaceport in faraway South America is a new chapter for communication and Internet industry in India.
Because very soon, entire India will be able to get blazing fast Internet speed upto 100 Gbps.
GSAT-11: India’s Heaviest Satellite Till Date
Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket successfully lifted India’s heaviest satellite: GSAT-11, along with South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A, and scripted a new chapter for all Indians.
29 minutes after the launch, the satellite GSAT-11 separated from the rocket, and was successfully placed in the orbit.
To avoid a collision, the Korean satellite was released after a gap of 4 minutes.
ISRO Tweeted the launch:
Here’s the video of #Ariane5 VA-246 lift off from Kourou Launch Base early today morning carrying India’s #GSAT11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled.
Video: @Arianespace pic.twitter.com/h0gjApbHHd
— ISRO (@isro) December 5, 2018
100 Gbps Internet Coming Soon: But How?
ISRO had planned to launch total of 4 satellites, which are mainly communications satellite, based on Ka, Ku bands.
These satellites are: GSAT-19, GSTA-20, GSAT-11 and GSAT-29.
Out of them, GSAT-19 was launched earlier this year; GSAT-11 was launched today; GSAT-29 was launched last month, and now, GSAT-20 is the only remaining satellite in this series.
Once these 4 satellites are in the orbit, they can give a combined throughput of 100 Gbps to entire India; and rural areas, interiors will get more coverage and better speeds.
Isro chairman Sivan said, “Six days after the successful launch (on November 29) of India’s first hyperpectral imaging satellite, 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 centres and the credit for its success goes to Team Isro.”
Interesting Features About GSAT-11 Satellite
Weighing 5,854-kg, GSAT-11 is India’s heaviest satellite till date. Before this, GSAT-17, weighing 3,477 kg was the heaviest, followed by GSAT-29 with 3,423 kgs.GSAT-11 is also India’s most powerful communication transponder, as it is powered with 40 more transponders, 32 in the Ku band and eight in the Ka band.
Now, internet services in remote parts of North East, and Jammu & Kashmir will improve, as along with GSAT-11, GSAT-29 will provide a comprehensive coverage.
ISRO Chairman said, “It will meet most of the requirements of providing broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible village panchayats under BharatNet which is part of the Digital India initiative.”
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