The Big Bird Satellite Launched Successfully, India's Most Powerful Satellite, The GSAT-11 satellite, weighing 5,854 kg is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that the agency put into its orbit. Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO's GSAT-11 satellite also called the "Big Bird " was successfully launched into space today from the French space port of Kourou in South America.
The satellite, launched at 2.07 am (IST), will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. The satellite, weighing 5,854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that the agency put into its orbit. The satellite internet, which the GSAT-11 will help to provide, will aid in giving internet connectivity in flights in India
"GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughput communication satellite that will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications," Dr K Sivan, ISRO chief said. The "Big Bird" has cost about Rs. 600 crore. The ariane-5 heavyweight rocket was hired from Arianespace by ISRO. The satellite is expected to have a life span of 15 years.