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ISRO Launches Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 Successfully From French Guiana

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| December 5 , 2018 , 10:52 IST

India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 that would boost broadband services, was successfully launched by an Arianespace rocket from the French Guiana in the early hours of Wednesday.

Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket successfully lifted off with communication satellite GSAT 11 and South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A. The launch was broadcasted live on Doordarshan.

Blasting off from the Ariane Launch Complex at Kourou, a French territory located along the northeastern coast of South America at 02:07 am (IST), the Ariane-5 vehicle-injected GSAT-11 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 33 minutes.

According to media reports, ISRO Chairman K Sivan stated that GSAT-11 is going to be the "richest space asset" for India, "the satellite has 38 spot beams as well as eight sub-beams, which would cover the entire country, including the remote places.It is going to provide something like 16 Gbps data link services to the country."

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Weighing about 5,854 kg, the GSAT-11 is the "heaviest" satellite built by ISRO. It is the next generation "high throughput" communication satellite configured around ISRO’s I-6K Bus, and has a designed lifetime of more than 15 years.

The satellite will be initially placed in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit and later, raised to the Geostationary Orbit by firing the on-board Liquid Apogee Motor.

According to the space agency, GSAT-11 would provide high data connectivity to users across India, broadband connectivity to gram panchayats under the BharathNet project and support high data rate applications for enterprise network and consumer broadband applications.