NEW DELHI: After months of wait, India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 that would boost broadband services in the country, has been successfully launched from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana at 2.07 a.m. IST on Wednesday. The Ariane-5 vehicle injected GSAT-11 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 33 minutes the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
Weighing about 5,854 kg, the GSAT-11 is the “heaviest” satellite built by ISRO. It is a next generation “high throughput” communication satellite configured around ISRO’s I-6K Bus, and has a designed lifetime of more than 15 years. The satellite will soon be manoeuvred into its final place in the geostationary orbit using onboard thrusters operated by ISRO engineers to point towards India.
Thanking Arianespace for the launch, Isro chairman Sivan said, “Six days after the successful launch (on November 29) of India’s first hyperpectral imaging satellite HysIS, today launch of the country’s heaviest satellite Gsat-11 is a major milestone for the country.