05 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: As India's heaviest and next generation communication satellite with high throughput GSAT-11 was put into orbit by Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace from French Guiana on Wednesday, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of Idnia's biggest and most powerful communication satellite.
Congratulate @isro for successful launch of India’s biggest and most powerful communication satellite #GSAT11. The high throughput satellite will boost the reach, speeds and capacity of country's telecom sector enabling connectivity for the unconnected— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) December 5, 2018
Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 is the heaviest satellite built by ISRO.GSAT-11 is the fore-runner in the series of advanced communication satellites with multi-spot beam antenna coverage over Indian mainland and Islands, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.
GSAT-11 will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites, said ISRO Chairman K. Sivan.
According to ISRO, GSAT-11 will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications.
The satellite with a mission life of 15 years will have 32 user beams (Ku band) and eight hub beams (Ka band) and the throughput data rate of 16 Gbps.
The Indian space agency said the GSAT-11 will be used to meet the increased data demands with high data rates over regions using spot beams.
The satellite will support VSAT terminals and for enterprise network and consumer broadband applications.