GSAT-6A satellite still alive, India hopes to restore link: ISRO chief

India loses contact with GSAT-6A satellite

Communication with GSAT-6A satellite lost

We are hopeful, but as of now there is no contact with the satellite.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that usually shares the information over the current position of a satellite has kept mum about the GSAT 6A satellite which was launched into space some 48 hours back.

Only after the communication link is re-established, the satellite can be placed in its intended orbit.

The space agency's unusual silence regarding the satellite had lead to speculation about the health of the spacecraft. "Efforts underway to establish link with satellite".

The ISRO Chief also pointed out that whenever there is disturbance, the satellite goes into "safe mode" and gets back immediately; however, it has not happened this time.

In its oval shaped GTO, GSAT-6A was scheduled to orbit the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.4 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,692.5 km with an orbital inclination of 20.64 deg with respect to the equator.

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The GSAT-6A satellite hopes to boost the operations of the Indian armed forces as it is likely to ease communication process especially in remote areas and regions with mountainous terrain.

People close to the development suggest that the aberration came into light just after the second orbit-raising carried out successfully at around 9:22 PM on March 30. However, 4 minutes after an orbit raising manoeuvre (the second of three such manoeuvres) at 10.51 am on Saturday, the satellite stopped sending data.

The orbit raising operation is carried out to hurl the satellite to its space home.

With a life span of 10 years, the satellite weighing over 2,000 kg was meant to provide platform for developing technologies that could be useful in satellite based mobile communication applications. It was similar to the GSAT-6 put into orbit in 2015.

This was the first mission for Sivan, who assumed charge of the space agency in January.

In August past year, India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 ended in a failure after a technical fault on the final leg following a ideal launch.

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