India’s next generation satellite GSAT-11 was “put into orbit” by Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace from French Guiana, the Indian space agency and Arianespace said.
The satellite weighing 5,854 kg is said to be the heaviest satellite built by ISRO. ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said in a statement, “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.”
With a mission life of 15 years, the satellite will have 32 user beams; 8 hub beams; and the throughput data rate of 16 Gbps, reported Odisha TV.
Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel, said: “I want to express my deepest gratitude to two very special partners since the beginning of their space ambitions: ISRO and KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute.”
“Today’s successful mission has boosted the confidence of the entire team,” Sivan added.