ISRO launches India’s “Most Powerful” satellite, ‘The Big Bird’

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched GSAT-11 satellite also called the “Big Bird ” into the space today at 2.07 am (IST) from the French space port of Kourou in South America.

It will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. It will aid in giving internet connectivity in flights in India.

This was the second attempt after ISRO’s first failed attempt in May earlier this year. According to ISRO, the satellite is healthy after the launch.

ISRO Chief, Dr K Sivan said, “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.”

Important takeaways are–

  • It has cost about Rs. 600 crore.
  • The ariane-5 heavyweight rocket was hired from Arianespace by ISRO.
  • The expected life span is 15 years.
  • It weighs 5,854 kg.
  • It is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that ISRO has put into its orbit.
  • It is equivalent to the combined power of almost all communications satellites sent into orbit by India.
  • “Big Bird” is like a constellation of 30 classical orbiting satellites.

India has hired the 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 weighs upto 4 tons.

Sivan added, “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 digital India program.


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