GSAT-20 to ensure high-speed internet
COME 2019, the Indian Space Research Org anisation (ISRO) will launch GSAT-20 — its second five-tonne class satellite after GSAT-11 — completing its network of high throughput communication satellites.
This along with GSAT-19, GSAT-29 and GSAT-11, all launched in 2018, is expected to boost communication capabilities of the country by providing high-speed internet of 100 Gbps or more to even rural areas in India.
GSAT-20 will be among the 32 missions planned by ISRO in 2019 and will be the second heaviest satellite built by the space agency. The satellite will complete a constellation of satellites which use special transponders to beam high frequency signals for better connectivity in the country.
ISRO chairman K Sivan, who had revealed about the improvement in capabilities last year, said on Friday that GSAT-20 is also expected to provide in-flight internet connectivity also.
“The launch of GSAT-20 will complete Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ programme. Along with the other GSATs (launched in 2018), it will meet the requirement of high-speed communication technologies of our country,” he said.
Expected to be launched in September, GSAT-20 will be among the 32 missions of ISRO in 2019, of which 14 are launch missions and 18 will be spacecraft missions.