December 5, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully orbited two satellites: GSAT-11 for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). The sixth Ariane 5 launch of the year took place on December 4 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT-11 is the 22nd satellite from ISRO to be launched by Arianespace, and the largest and heaviest satellite ever built by India’s space agency. GSAT-11, configured on the new-generation I6-K satellite bus, will provide communications services with multi-spot beam coverage of the Indian mainland and nearby islands. With this new satellite, ISRO will help bridge the digital divide in India within the scope of a program that capitalizes on space technology to support national development, while also pursuing space science research and planetary exploration. GEO-KOMPSAT-2 is a national program developed by KARI for the South Korean government, involving the development and operation of two civilian geostationary satellites, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A and 2B. GEO-KOMPSAT-2A is designed to conduct meteorological and space weather monitoring missions.