Communication from ISRO’s GSAT-6A lost, efforts to revive satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that the high throughput communication satellite GSAT-6A carrying advanced multi-beam technology is lost in the space.
A ISRO communication said on Sunday that efforts were on to reacquire the satellite and establish the link with it.

In a status update ISRO said on the satellite which was successfully launched into Geo Synchronous Transfer Orbit on March 29 from Sriharikota, the second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A satellite had been successfully carried out by LAM Engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31 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 communication said.

GSAT-6A, similar to GSAT-6 is a high power S-band communication satellite configured around I-2K bus. The mission life of spacecraft planned is about 10 years. The satellite will also provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6 m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques that could be useful in satellite based mobile communication applications.


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