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GSAT-11 spacecraft to launch by end of 2016 or early 2017

MUMBAI: India has plan to realise GSAT-11 spacecraft for launch during the end of 2016 or first quarter of 2017, Minister of State (Independent) for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. Among other things, this will augment the Ku-band capacity in India.

GSAT-11 is a first-generation, high-throughput communication satellite with a lift-off mass of about 5,600 kg, operating in Ka/Ku bands. It is a multi-beam satellite with 32 user beams and eight hub beams over India.

It is planned to launch GSAT-11 spacecraft using procured launch services. At present, the indigenous capability to launch this weight class of satellite is not available.

The in-orbit testing of GSAT-11 satellite is planned to be conducted from the master control facility (MCF) in Hassan, Karnataka and other suitable locations of ISRO centres.

The spacecraft capability includes providing broadband connectivity to rural areas with higher bandwidth as compared to traditional communication satellites.

In March, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given its approval for the procurement of launch services and realisation of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1117 crore (Rs 11.17 billion).

GSAT-11, a communication satellite with 32 high-power spot beams for providing high bandwidth VSAT communication, is currently under development at DOS/ISRO facilities. It will augment Ku-band capacity, which can be utilised for various services like VSAT and broadband.