GSAT-11 will boost broadband & mobile connectivity in rural, inaccessible parts of India: ISRO.
ISRO GSAT-11 successfully launched: Ariane-5 rocket lifts India's heaviest communication satellite into orbit
GSAT-11 will soon be the country's biggest and more powerful communication satellite in orbit.
GSAT-11 is designed to meet growing demands for high-speed mobile and internet services across India.
India's heaviest communication satellite, GSAT-11 weighs 5,854 kg.
The satellite is part of the ‘Digital India’ program to expand telecom, internet service nationwide.
The mission, satellite & rocket are important to different aspects of ISRO’s future plans.
According to ISRO Chairman K. Sivan, the satellites are AGSAT 20, GSAT 11, and GSAT 29.
Global commercial launch provider Arianespace would these Indian satellites from French Guiana.
ISRO had recalled the GSAT-11 from Kourou in French Guinea after losing contact with the GSAT-6A satellite.
“After a thorough check and additional tests, it was found fit for launch,” an official said.
GSAT-11 was designed, assembled and integrated by the ISRO, and will have an estimated lift-off mass of 5,870 kg. It was planned to be launched mid May.
ISRO has a packed schedule as it plans to launch nine missions including Chandrayaan-2 in the next eight months
If this holds true then ISRO would be averaging a mission a month and that in itself would be a remarkable achievement.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is not facing any funds crunch for its ongoing activities, chairman K Sivan said on Thursday.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan believes that GSAT-11 could be the last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency
Sivan said ISRO is also focusing on developing a reusable launch vehicle the Scramjet engine which in turn would reduce costs.
A spanking new monster rocket is all set to launch an altogether new class of communications satellite.
Together, the GSAT-19, the GSAT-11 and the GSAT-20 will be able to provide 110 beams, and 88 GBPS of connectivity.