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India has achieved another milestones in its space odysee and it successfully launched  heaviest, largest and most powerful satellite GSAT-11 from the French Guiana early this morning. Here are 5 things you should know about GSAT-11.

It is the country’s heaviest satellite weighing 5,854 kg. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega.

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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 was launched by Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana.

The scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres in the days ahead to place the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its on-board propulsion systems. GSAT-11 will be positioned at 74-degree east longitude in the geostationary orbit.

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Geo-Kompsat-2A, is the South Korean geo satellite which was launched with Ariane-5 rocket. The scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres in the days ahead to place the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its on-board propulsion systems. GSAT-11 will be positioned at 74-degree east longitude in the geostationary orbit.


Communication asatellite Gsat-11 is a high-throughput satellite that consisting with 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies.

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