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India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched successfully from French Guiana


Agencies, Chennai In a big push to improve the broadband connectivity to rural and  inaccessible gram panchayats in the country, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of Wednesday. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 0207 hrs IST carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. After a 30 minute flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane-5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. ' The achieved orbit was very close to the intended one, an ISRO release said. The 5,854-kg GSAT-11 would provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and eight hub beams in Ka-band. “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,” 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.

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