Contact With Optimistic GSAT-6A Satellite Lost

Satellite GSAT-6A

In a mishap for its space program, India on Sunday said it lost contact with its correspondence satellite GSAT-6A, which was propelled on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on March 29.

“After the effective long-term firings, the correspondence from the satellite was lost when it (satellite) was on course for the last terminating (to put the satellite in its last geostationary circle), booked for April 1 (Sunday),” the state-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in an announcement.

The satellite was to be put in its expected circle 36,000 km over the ground level after moves from the space office’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka, around 180 km from Bengaluru.

“Endeavors are in progress to set up the connection with the satellite,” said the announcement.

After a copybook dispatch from ISRO’s spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the GSLV-MkII had conveyed the satellite in a geosynchronous exchange circle on March 29 after which it must be set in its last geostationary circle through three circle raising moves.

Only after the communication is reset then only the targeted orbit space by the rocket can be done, hope the only way out for ISRO right now!


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