Here's the really massive fellow #GSAT11 all set to undertake communication duties for India. Scientists will now do phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres to place satellite in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above
equator) using onboard propulsion systems. pic.twitter.com/BxsGmwYNhY
According to the space agency, the GSAT-11 will provide high data connectivity to users across India, broadband connectivity to gram panchayats under the BharatNet project, and support high data rate applications for enterprise network and consumer broadband applications.
The GSAT-11 was on Wednesday put in orbit after an approximately 33-minute flight. News reports said the flight had been flawless.
Post-separation, ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka took over command and control of the GSAT-11 and found its health parameters normal, the space agency said in a statement.
The satellite was initially placed in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit and will be raised to Geostationary Orbit — 36,000 km above the equator — through phase-wise, orbit-raising manoeuvres in the days ahead using its on-board propulsion systems.
The GSAT-11 will be positioned at 74-degree east longitude in geostationary orbit, ISRO said, adding that the satellite's two solar arrays and four antenna reflectors will be deployed in orbit subsequently.
The satellite will become operational after successful completion of all in-orbit tests.
(With inputs from PTI)
The GSAT-11 was described as the country's 'richest space asset' by ISRO chairman K Sivan soon after it was launched early Wednesday morning from French Guiana.