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ISRO to launch its heaviest satellite on November 30

06 Aug 2018 | By Shiladitya Ray
All about the launch of ISRO's heaviest satellite

A day after ISRO announced a delay in the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission, it has announced that the launch of its heaviest satellite, the GSAT-11, will take place on November 30, from the European spaceport in French Guiana.

The 5,700kg GSAT-11 was initially scheduled for launch on May 26, but was delayed after ISRO recalled the satellite for further inspections.

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In context: All about the launch of ISRO's heaviest satellite

06 Aug 2018ISRO to launch its heaviest satellite on November 30

GSAT-11The GSAT-11 is set to improve internet connectivity in India

The GSAT-11 is aimed at improving internet connectivity in the country.

It is a high throughput satellite that carries 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies and is capable of providing high bandwidth connectivity with speeds of up to 14 gigabits per second.

In addition, the GSAT-11 will provide multi-spot beam coverage over India, allowing for significant improvements in internet connectivity and speed.

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The November launch took some negotiating

"After a series of negotiations, Arianespace has finally agreed to launch GSAT-11 this year itself and fixed 30 November as the date of the launch," said ISRO chairman K Sivan to the Times of India.
Details about the GSAT-11's earlier cancelled launch

RecallDetails about the GSAT-11's earlier cancelled launch

ISRO cancelled the GSAT-11's scheduled 26 May launch after it lost contact with its GSAT-6A military communications satellite following its launch in March-end.

ISRO's efforts to communicate with GSAT-6A yielded no results, prompting the space agency to recall the GSAT-11 for another round of inspections to ensure that everything was in order.

The GSAT-11 has been given the green light now.