ISRO LAUNCHES HEAVIEST SATELLITE GSAT-11

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ISRO's  (Indian  Space  Research  Organisation) heaviest (lift  of mass  5854 kg), largest  and  most  advanced  high  throughput  communication  satellite  GSAT-11  was  launched  successfully  from  French  Guiana  using  Ariane-5  rocket  along  with  South  Korean  geo satellite  Geo-Kompsat-2A. GSAT-11  is  capable  of  providing  high  bandwidth  connectivity  with  upto  14  gigabit  per  second  data  transfer  speed. The  satellite's  designed  lifetime  is  more  than  15  years. GSAT-11  will  provide  multi  spot  beam  coverage  over  India's  mainland  and  nearby  islands  and  use  of  Ka-band  is  introduced  in  India  for  the  first  time. It  also  provides  broadband  connectivity  to  Gram  Panchayats  under  BharathNet  project (as  part  of  Digital  India  Programme)  and  also  supports  high  data  applications  for  enterprise  network  and  consumer  broadband  applications.

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