India’s heaviest and largest satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched into space from the Space port in French Guinea. GSAT-11 was launched around 2:07 am on Wednesday morning.
ISRO’s GSAT-11 is the heaviest and the largest satellite that is ever built by India. The communication satellite weighs 5,854 kg and it was lifted off by Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket.
Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket lifted off carrying GSAT-11 and South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A. GSAT -11 separated from the Ariane-5 rocket and placed in the geosynchronous-transfer orbit after 30 minutes of lift off.
After separation, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of the satellite. South Korea’s Geo-Kompsat was separated 4 minutes after the separation of GSAT-11.
GSAT-11 is capable of providing high bandwith connectivity to the users across country with 14 gigabit per second (GBPS) data transfer speed. This provides broadband connectivity to grampanchayats and support high rate data applications for consumer broadband applications and enterprise network.
GSAT-11 costs Rs. 600 crore and it is expected to have a life span of 15 years. The Ariane-5 rocket was hired by ISRO from Arianespace.
The GSAT-11 is equal to the combined power of the all communications satellites sent into orbit by India. ISRO consider this as the most powerful satellite.
“GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughput communication satellite that will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications,” said ISRO Chief, Dr K Sivan.
— ISRO (@isro) December 5, 2018