GSAT 11 returns to Guiana for December launch

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Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) heaviest satellite so far — the GSAT-11 — which the space agency had cleared for launch in June, will take off a spaceport in French Guiana on 30 November.

Key facts:

*GSAT-11, the heaviest Indian communication satellite built to date, for faster Internet connectivity, is back once again at the Guiana Space Centre.
*It returns to the South American port for the second time in six months after it was taken back to Bengaluru in April for inspections.
* the 5,700 kg spacecraft was shipped out of Bengaluru last week and has reached the European launch port.
*ISRO’s long-time European launch services contractor, has paired GSAT-11 with South Korea’s weather satellite GEO-Kompsat 2A. The two are slated to go to space on the same Ariane 5 launch vehicle, numbered VA246.
*GSAT-11 is built to provide the Indian region superior communication and 12 GBPS connectivity with its multiple spot beams in Ka and Ku bands.
GSAT 11 returns to Guiana for December launch GSAT 11 returns to Guiana for December launch Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on November 04, 2018 Rating: 5

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