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GSLV-Mark III can be the first provider of internet services using a space-based platform

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Mk III variant of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Monday.

“The GSLV Mark III would be carrying the GSAT-19 communications satellite that would help to improve VSAT (very small aperture terminal) and data connectivity and other applications across the country,” said A.S. Kiran Kumar, secretary, department of space and chairman of ISRO.

“The satellite will use multiple spot beams covering all of India and will increase Internet speed and connectivity,” he added.

Reports said the Mark III is ISRO’s heaviest vehicle to date as it is able to lift 4,000 kg of payload to the geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and 10,000 kg to the low-Earth orbit.

On May 5, ISRO had launched the 2,230-kg South Asia GSAT-9 to boost connectivity among South Asian nations. The project involved eight nations including Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,cost Rs 235 crore. Pakistan was not part of the project.

Experts said GSLV-Mark III can be the real game changer as it will be the first provider of internet services using a space-based platform.

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