“Good Morning India! The heaviest, largest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite of India, GSAT-11 was launched successfully from Kourou Launch Zone onboard Ariane 5 VA246 launch vehicle.”
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) post on the morning of Wednesday, 5 December, sent tweeple into a frenzy. Many congratulated the space agency for achieving another “milestone.”
Another milestone in India's space history as #ISRO successfully launch heaviest satellite #GSAT11, that would boost high speed internet & data services to remotest corners of the country.— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) December 5, 2018
Congratulate the Chairman, Scientists & the entire team of @isro on this achievement. pic.twitter.com/eEG5OeIItV
Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël also tweeted the video of the launch and called it “a thing of beauty!”
An #Ariane5 launch is a thing of beauty! Watch (and re-watch) today's liftoff with @ISRO’s GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for @kari2030, performed from the Spaceport in French Guiana. #VA246 pic.twitter.com/QGCFrKfcts— Stéphane Israël (@arianespaceceo) December 4, 2018
Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 is the "heaviest" satellite built by ISRO.
It is a next-generation "high throughput" communication satellite configured around the ISRO's I-6K Bus with a designed lifetime of more than 15 years.
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