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India's heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 for faster internet services launched successfully
India's heaviest ever satellite GSAT-11 weighing about 5,854 kg, that was built by ISRO was launched and placed in space from a European spaceport in French Guiana in South America. It is said that the satellite will provide faster internet services for the next 15 years to the users.

According to ISRO chairperson Dr K Sivan, 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.

"Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours today (December 5).

The release added that after a 30-min flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. The achieved orbit was very close to the intended one.

"The 5,854-kg GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band," it pointed out saying that the Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.

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