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India’s heaviest communications satellite launched

GSAT-11, India's heaviest and most advanced communication satellite, launched successfully from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana early on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) said.
Dec 5, 2018
BENGALURU: GSAT-11, India's heaviest and most advanced communication satellite, launched successfully from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana early on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) said.
 
ISRO's GSAT-11 satellite, also called the "Big Bird," will help provide satellite-based internet communication to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. The satellite, which weighs 5,854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that ISRO has put into its orbit.
 
This launch was the second attempt after ISRO's first bid failed in May this year, and was placed into space on its 102nd flight, on the Ariane 5 rocket.
 
"GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughput communication satellite that will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications," Dr K Sivan, ISRO chief said.

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