ISRO successfully launches GSAT-11 from French Guiana
Bengaluru: India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11, that would boost broadband services in the country, was successfully launched by an Arianespace rocket from the French Guiana in the early hours of Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
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.
Good Morning India! The heaviest, largest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite of India, GSAT-11 was launched successfully from Kourou Launch Zone today onboard Ariane 5 VA246 launch vehicle. @PMOIndia@Arianespace pic.twitter.com/mxEdhar78w
— ISRO (@isro) December 5, 2018
ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan congratulated scientists on successfully launch of GSAT11 .
GSAT-11 is the third in a series of four satellites aimed at achieving the government’s ambitious target to provide high data connectivity of 100 GBPS in the country under the Digital India Mission, Sivan added.
Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 is the “heaviest” satellite built by the ISRO. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications such as in flights internet connectivity. The satellite is expected to have a lifespan of 15 years.