ISRO launched the heaviest satellite HySIS, the GSAT-11, has been put into orbit. At 2.07am on Wednesday the launch occurred, and Arianespace's Ariane-5 rocket delivered the satellite into orbit after lifting off from the European spaceport in French Guiana. South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A was also launched along with GSAT-11, which weighs 5,854kg. GSAT-11 is designed to stay in orbit for 15 years. A high throughput satellite carrying 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies, GSAT-11 will be able to provide high bandwidth connectivity, allowing for data transfer speeds of 16 Gigabit per second (GBPS). The satellite is the forerunner in a series of advanced communications satellites to be launched by ISRO. The GSAT-11 is also called the 'Big Bird', was built at a cost of Rs. 600cr. Under Digital India's BharatNet project, the GSAT-11 is expected to improve access to voice and video streaming in most of rural India. The GSAT-11 is like a constellation of 30 classical satellites, and is equivalent to the combined power of all communications satellites launched by India so far. GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughput communication satellite that will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. It provides a platform to demonstrate new generation applications.