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Reckon High-Speed Internet as ISRO Prepares to Launch GSAT-19 in June

Indian space agency is all set to launch its prestigious GSAT-19 satellite, third in GSAT series to complete the mission to provide the sleepy Internet in India a significant boost to become a high-speed Internet nation.

The project with three GSAT communications satellites — GSAT-19, GSAT-11 and GSAT-20 — will fulfil the future communication needs of Internet, television and smartphone connectivity in the country catering more than half-a-billion users at a time, when the grid gets finally connected by the end of 2018.

“It (GSAT-19) will be launched in June. With this launch, we will begin a new age of communication satellites. It is also the beginning of high-throughput satellites,” Tapan Misra, director of Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), told India Express.

Essentially, the new Internet high-speed connection will bring all your TV channels to your home via Internet without the need of cables or cable TV operators, with the GSAT series of satellites and related future launches, he said.

The country’s communications will be connected throughout with the GSAT series that both the government and private business ventures will reach the remote areas of the country which are never touched so far by the Internet.

To achieve countrywide connectivity, the upcoming GSAT-19, its sequel GSAT-11, scheduled to be launched in January 2018 with a data rate of 14 gigabytes and the third satellite GSAT-20 by the end of 2018 will complete the grid covering the whole country so that a very high-speed data transmission at 70 GB per second will become a reality.

Deviating from the traditional broad single beam, several beams will be used to cover smaller areas and GSAT-19 is equipped to use 8 narrow beams, GSAT-11 will have 16 beams and the next one with more beams.

The heavy satellites will be launched by the new powerhorse rocket GSLV Mark-III, which will be ISRO’s heaviest rocket, starting this June. ISRO is testing the new 25 tonne cryogenic engine, which is three times bigger than the PSLV rockets or GSLV II rockets.

GSLV Launches Till Date

Title Launch Date Launcher Type Orbit Payload
GSLV-F09 / GSAT-9 May 05, 2017 GSLV GSO GSAT-9
GSLV-F05 / INSAT-3DR Sep 08, 2016 GSLV-MK-II GTO INSAT-3DR
GSLV-D6 Aug 27, 2015 GSLV-MK-II GTO GSAT-6
GSLV-D5/GSAT-14 Jan 05, 2014 GSLV-MK-II GTO GSAT-14
GSLV-F06 / GSAT-5P Dec 25, 2010 GSLV-MK-II GTO GSAT-5P
GSLV-D3 / GSAT-4 Apr 15, 2010 GSLV-MK-II GSAT-4
GSLV-F04 / INSAT-4CR Sep 02, 2007 GSLV-MK-II GTO INSAT-4CR
GSLV-F02 / INSAT-4C Jul 10, 2006 GSLV-MK-II GTO INSAT-4C
GSLV-F01 / EDUSAT(GSAT-3) Sep 20, 2004 GSLV-MK-II GTO EDUSAT
GSLV-D2 / GSAT-2 May 08, 2003 GSLV-MK-II GTO GSAT-2

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