Contact WithGSAT-6A Lost, Attempts In Process To Establish A Connection: ISRO
Within 48 Hours after setting off, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) verified that it has lost connection with GSAT-6A, its advanced communication satellite. The premier space agency of the country stated attempts are on the move to create a connection with the satellite. In a press release, ISRO stated the contact link broke when the satellite was on route to “standard functioning configuration for the 3rd and concluding firing” by the liquid apogee motor (LAM) engine.
In a status update regarding the launch mission, ISRO said, “The 2nd orbit hovering functioning of GSAT-6A satellite has been effectively executed by LAM Engine firing on March 31, 2018, for around 53 Minutes, in the morning. Subsequent to the effective long duration firings, when GSAT-6A was on route to the standard functioning configuration for 3rdand concluding firing, planned for April 1, 2018, the connection from the satellite went astray. Attempts are ongoing to create a connection with satellite.”
The GSAT-6A, a 2140-kg communication satellite, is intended for assisting in mobile communication even from extremely distant places via handheld ground terminals. The satellite, with a mission life of around 10 Years, is meant at offering a push to mobile communication via the multi-beam coverage service. It is anticipated to be an improvement for the armed forces.
K Sivan, ISRO chairman, after the launch, stated, “In following9 Months, we will be having 10 assignments. We will have the setting off of high-bandwidth satellites for the purpose of communication.” This is the foremost assignment for Sivan, who in January took the responsibility of the space agency.
The launch had streaked the spots the 12th airlift of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F08 and 6th flying with the native Cryogenic upper phase. GSAT-6A, is analogous to GSAT-6, an extraordinary power S-band communication satellite developed on I-2K satellite bus with an assignment duration of about 10 Years, said ISRO.