The Indian Space Research Organisation is again coming up with a plan and aim of providing an equal digital speed in urban as well as rural areas and strengthen the overall internet speed in India, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been banking on four high-throughput satellites- GSAT-19, GSAT-29, GSAT-11 and GSAT-20, to achieve the goal. It has been determined by the scientists that they will achieve their targets in the upcoming year 2019.
Currently in India according to the Akamai Q1 2017 State of the Internet Report, the average internet connection speed in India is 6.5 Mbit/s and the average peak connection speed is 41.4 Mbit/s.
While Gsat-19 was launched in June 2017, GSAT-29 will be launched in November, and GSAT-11 and GSAT-20 will be launched in December and by next year, respectively, ISRO Chairman K Sivan was quoted by a leading daily.
Sivan asserted that together, these satellites will help propel the internet speed to a mind-boggling 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by 2019. It is going to be a great achievement for the Indian scientists if they turned it practically possible.
With the launch of the Gsat-19, the ISRO said it had begun a new age of communication satellites and also the beginning of high-throughput satellites which would not only revolutionise the way we use televisions and smartphones, but will also drive the future communication needs of smart cities. GSAT-19 had two antennas, each measuring over 2.5 meters. Till GSAT-19, communication satellites used a single beam to cover the country but it had used eight narrow beams, ISRO said a report. Throughput satellites are the future demand for making India to stand along with the developed countries.
GSAT-11 will be one of the heaviest satellites ever to be built by ISRO. It will have a data rate of 14 gigabytes. GSAT-11 will also have 16 beams and will weigh over 5.7 tonnes. The GSAT-11 is a mega satellite whose panels are the biggest India has ever made at over 4 meters in height, in addition, this giant bird will have effectively 32 beams streaming data like never before. With the launch of GSAT-20, ISRO plans to cover the entire nation with a satellite that will offer a data rate of 70 gigabytes per second.
According to ISRO, GSAT-29 is configured around the space agency’s Enhanced I-3K Bus. The mission targets for Village Resource Centres (VRC) in rural areas to bridge the digital divide and provide the connectivity and make technology more user-friendly for the rural people.
Isro is also set for the Manned-Mission which is lead by the lady VR Latithambika and will be launched in the year 2022.You can read our full article on the Gaganyaan Abhiyan of ISRO(Manned-Mission)