ISRO lost communication with GSAT-6 A Satellite

As per the resources of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), It has lost communication with recently launched satellite GSAT-6A.

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ISRO officials said that 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.

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GSAT-6A, similar to GSAT-6 is a high power S-band communication satellite configured around I-2K bus. This is the second mission failure for ISRO in six months, with the previous one being the PSLV-C39.

The mission life of spacecraft was planned to be about 10 years.

The satellite was expected to 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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 GSAT-6 A Launch

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On 29th March 2018 India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) was successfully launched GSAT-6A Satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). This  launch of GSLV was its twelfth and took place from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This is the fifth consecutive success achieved by GSLV carrying indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage.

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