Bengaluru: ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) GSAT-11 satellite known as ‘ Big Bird’ was successfully launched into space from the French Spaceport of Kourou in South America. The Satellite, weighing 5,854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that the agency put into its orbit. At 2.07 am (IST) the satellite will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach.
Earlier this year ISRO first bid failed in May and this was the second attempt and was placed into space on its 102 nd flight, the Ariane 5 rocket.
The ISRO Chief Dr. K Sivan said that “ GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughout 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”
The satellite is expected to have a lifespan of 15 years. The Big Bird has cost about Rs 600 crore. The Ariane- 5 heavyweight rocket was hired from Arianespace by ISRO.
A communication Specialist said that the satellite is like a constellation of 30 classical orbiting satellites. The GSAT- 11 is equivalent to the combined power of almost all communication satellites sent into orbit by India.
It has been that India has hired French Ariane-5 rocket as it can heavy payload into orbit. India’s own geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle MK iii or GSLV MK iii can haul satellites that weigh up to 4 tons.
Dr. Sivan said that along with its three siblings, GSAT-19, GSAT-29, and GSAT-20, the satellite will be a game changer for providing internet access and data communications for India and will aid the digit India program.