GSAT-11 is ISRO’s heaviest satellite ever built and weighs about 5854 kilograms.
It was launched onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle from French Guiana.
ISRO has revealed that the satellite will be initially placed in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit and will be later raised to Geostationary Orbit. It will be using the Liquid Apogee Motor which will be onboard the satellite.
GSAT-11 is part of ISRO’s new family of high-throughput communication satellite (HTS) fleet that will drive the country’s Internet broadband from space to untouched areas.
According to ISRO, GSAT-11’s multiple spot beam coverage — 32 in Ku band and eight in Ka bands — will deliver an improved service of 16 gbps over the Indian region and nearby islands.
The satellite will also have VSAT Terminals which basically will ensure that it can handle large capacity platforms to support a huge subscriber base.
GSAT 11: Why is it important?
GSAT-11 will bring far greater speeds (16 Gbps of it, no less) and capacity to meet growing demand for mobile and internet in households, businesses, and public organisations.
Large parts of rural areas still remain untouched by the scope of commercial telecom today — something GSAT-11 is designed to change. Under Digital India’s BharatNet project GSAT-11 will boost access to voice and video streaming in most, if not all, of rural India.
With India moving fast towards implementing ‘Smart Villages and Cities’, they can be efficiently linked through a large communication satellite.