Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO's GSAT-11 satellite also called the 'Big Bird ' was successfully launched into space today from the French space port of Kourou in South America.Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 is the 'heaviest' satellite built by ISRO.
This launch was the second attempt after ISRO's first bid failed in May earlier this year and was placed into space on its 102 nd flight, the Ariane 5 rocket. According to ISRO, the satellite is healthy after the launch.
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. Post-separation, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan, in Karnataka, took over the command and control of GSAT-11.
'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.
The Ariane-5 vehicle (Flight VA246) also carried GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), along with GSAT-11. The 3,507.20 kg GEO-KOMPSAT-2A is designed to conduct meteorological and space weather monitoring missions.