GSAT-11, the most powerful ISRO satellite, was launched from the French space port of Kourou in South America early on Wednesday. AT 5,854 kg, this is also the heaviest satellite made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
ISRO said that the satellite, that has a mission life of 15 years, will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band.
It was launched along with a South Korean satellite by the launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.
The GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) after a 30-minute flight, ISRO said after the launch. The achieved orbit was very close to the intended one.
The space agency shared this video of the launch by Arianespace on Twitter.
— ISRO (@isro) December 5, 2018
ISRO has successfully completed three satellite and two launch vehicle missions in the last 21 days.
What The Most Powerful ISRO Satellite Will Do
The GSAT-11 has the ability to provide satellite-based internet in areas that are not accessible by broadband internet.
“GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said.
The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.
Today’s successful mission has boosted the confidence of the entire team
– Dr K Sivan
Sivan said that the GSAT-11 would act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites.
Equivalent To A Constellation Of Satellites
Scientists have said that the most powerful ISRO satellite, GSAT-11, can be considered equivalent to all other communication satellites that have been launched by the Indian space agency.
NDTV quoted a communications specialist as saying that the satellite was like a constellation of 30 classical orbiting satellites.
Along with its three siblings, GSAT-19, GSAT-29 and GSAT-20, the satellite will be a game changer for providing internet access and data communications for India and will aid the digital India program, Dr Sivan pointed out.