India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 will be launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 5 December . Arianespace will launch GSAT-11, an operational telecommunication satellite designed and manufactured by ISRO, from Ariane 5, according to Arianespace’s official website.
To be positioned at 74° East, GSAT-11 ̶ ISRO’s largest and heaviest communication satellite ever ̶ is configured on its next-generation I-6K structure to provide communications services from geostationary orbit in Ku- and Ka-bands in both forward and return links.
Offering amulti-spot beam coverage over the Indian mainland and nearby islands, GSAT-11 will bring significant advantages to users when compared with existing INSAT/GSAT satellite systems. Its designed lifetime is more than 15 years according to Arianespace’s official website.
Ariane 5 will also launch GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) along with GSAT-11.
“With two ISRO’s additional satellites remaining in Arianespace’s order book (GSAT-31 and GSAT-30), the launch of GSAT-11 is to be another vivid demonstration of the strong bond uniting Europe and India in space cooperation, said the press release issued by Arianespace.