India is set to launch its heaviest satellite from the French Guiana by Europe’s Ariane-5 rocket early on Wednesday morning. The satellite weighing 5,854 kg would enhance the speed of the internet in the country.
The satellite was scheduled to be launched early this year but was delayed due to some technical problems.
Gsat-11 is a high-throughput satellite that would carry 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies and is capable of “providing high bandwidth connectivity” with up to 14 gigabits per second (GBPS) data transfer speed.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan recently said that the “launch of four high-throughput satellites will provide the country broadband connectivity of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by next year.” Of the four, two satellites Gsat-19 and Gsat-29 have already been launched. Gsat-11 will be launched on Wednesday and Gsat-20 launch has been scheduled next year. He said, “Together, all these satellites will provide high-speed internet connectivity in the country, especially in rural areas, and help bridge the digital divide.”