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.

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