Govt gives green signal to GSAT-11 communication satellite


25 Mar 2011
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Government has approved development of a Rs 500 crore advanced communication satellite to provide telecom links with small Ku-band terminals operating across the country.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave its nod for the design and development of GSAT-11 communication satellite, which is planned to be realised in 30 months.

The GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite which will be a high capacity multi-team Ku/Ka-bank spacecraft.

"The launch of GSAT-11 will augment the Ku-band capacity considerably for telecommunication services in the country," an official release said.

With 16 beams in Ku-band and frequency reuse factor of 4, it can provide 10 GHz effective bandwidth equivalent to about 22 transponders of 36 MHz, it said.

GSAT-11 employs a new 1-4K Bus. This craft is configured with two sided large solar array panels generating around 11 KW of DC power. The craft structure is designed for a lift-off mass of about 4,500 kgs with a dry mass of 2100 kg.
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