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ISRO loses contact with last week launched communication satellite GSAT-6A

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Bengaluru : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on Saturday, lost contact with the communication satellite GSAT-6A, which was launched in last week and successfully put into orbit. It was just launched it on Thursday and It's most powerful communication satellite of the country.

After about 48 hours ISRO lost its contact with the communication satellite. While, after maintaining an unusual silence on the health of the spacecraft, ISRO said on Sunday, that, the efforts are underway to establish a link with it.

After the textbook launch onboard GSLV-F08 on Thursday, Isro successfully completed the first orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A Satellite at 9.22am on Friday, which saw the satellite changing its closest and farthest point from earth besides changing its inclination.

After remaining incommunicado the whole of Saturday, Isro, on Sunday said: “The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A satellite has been successfully carried out by LAM Engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, 2018 in the morning. After the successful long duration firings, when the satellite was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and the final firing, scheduled for April 1, 2018, communication from the satellite was lost. Efforts are underway to establish the link with the satellite.”


The ISRO had successfully put into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A after a perfect launch of its powerful geosynchronous rocket (GSLV-F08), from its spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite would help in mobile communication even from very remote locations through hand-held ground terminals.

The space agency’s unusual silence regarding the satellite had lead to speculation about the health of the spacecraft.

The ISRO, which normally communicates on its website about the orbit raising operations, like it did on March 30, following the success of the first orbit raising operation, had not released any update since then.

The 2140-kg communication satellite GSAT-6A is aimed at helping in mobile communication even from very remote locations through hand-held ground terminals.

With a mission life of about 10 years, GSAT-6A is aimed at providing a thrust to mobile communication through multi-beam coverage facility.It is expected to be a shot in the arm for the armed forces.


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