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Arianespace to launch India's GSAT-11 Communication Satellite
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

European commercial satellite launch company Arianespace today said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had chosen it to launch its GSAT-11 telecommunications satellite.

The satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle, from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2017, a press release from Arianespace said.The GSAT-11 satellite, designed, assembled and integrated by ISRO, will weigh about 5,725 kg at launch, it said.

According to the release, GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite with multi-spot beam coverage over the Indian mainland and nearby islands to bring huge advantage to the user community, compared with the existing INSAT/GSAT satellite systems.With this new system architecture and the cutting-edge technology elements proposed to be employed for realization, GSAT-11 will generate a capacity of more than 12 Gbps for users from a single platform.

“We are very proud to announce this new contract with the Indian Space Research Organization, as we are gearing up for the launch of GSAT-18 on October 4, our 20th satellite launch for ISRO," Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said.

"Widely known for its exemplary successes, ISRO has placed its trust in Arianespace for the last 35 years. For us, this continued partnership is clear recognition of our ability to provide reliable launch services, perfectly tailored to our customer’s needs," he said.

ISRO has a long history of launching payloads with Arianespace – dating back to the third mission of an Ariane-series vehicle in 1981. Since 1980, Arianespace has performed missions placing more than 500 satellites into orbit with its three launchers: Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, France near Paris.

According to ISRO sources, GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite employing a new class of bus weighing 4000-6000 kg. The commercial payload includes Ka x Ku-Band Forward Link Transponders and Ku x Ka band Return Link Transponders.

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