GSAT-6A’s track lost before final orbit manoeuvre, scientists still searching
The India Space research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the GSAT-6A satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Shar, Sriharikota aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSAT-F08, on March 29 evening. However, ISRO’s scientists lost track of the satellite two after the launch while the spacecraft was getting ready to be put into its final orbit. Scientists are still figuring out multiple ways to re-establish link with the satellite.
The India Space research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the GSAT-6A satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Shar, Sriharikota aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSAT-F08, on March 29 evening. However, ISRO’s scientists lost track of the satellite two after the launch while the spacecraft was getting ready to be put into its final orbit. Scientists are still figuring out multiple ways to re-establish link with the satellite.
The GSAT-6A is a military communication satellite aimed to facilitate the armed forces in their operations. (AP Photo)
The GSAT-6A is a military communication satellite aimed to facilitate the armed forces in their operations. (AP Photo)
The 2,066kg indigenous communications satellite costs around Rs 270 crore, could send and receive signals from hand-held devices. (AP Photo)
The 2,066kg indigenous communications satellite costs around Rs 270 crore, could send and receive signals from hand-held devices. (AP Photo)
The first orbit-raising operation of the satellite was carried out successfully by the liquid apogee motor (LAM) engine at 9.22 am on Friday. (AP Photo)
The first orbit-raising operation of the satellite was carried out successfully by the liquid apogee motor (LAM) engine at 9.22 am on Friday. (AP Photo)
The second orbit-raising operation was also successfully carried out with the LAM engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, 2018 morning. (AP Photo)
The second orbit-raising operation was also successfully carried out with the LAM engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, 2018 morning. (AP Photo)
The satellite was on course for the normal operating configuration for the third and final firing, scheduled for April 1, 2018, when the ground station lost all communication with the satellite. (AP Photo)
The satellite was on course for the normal operating configuration for the third and final firing, scheduled for April 1, 2018, when the ground station lost all communication with the satellite. (AP Photo)
The satellite is suspected to witness a power failure, however nothing has been confirmed as of now. (AP Photo)
The satellite is suspected to witness a power failure, however nothing has been confirmed as of now. (AP Photo)
In case of an emergency, the satellite goes into ‘safe mode’ and gets back online immediately. However, the GSAT-6A hasn’t gone into ‘safe mode’ yet. (AP Photo)
In case of an emergency, the satellite goes into ‘safe mode’ and gets back online immediately. However, the GSAT-6A hasn’t gone into ‘safe mode’ yet. (AP Photo)
As of now, preliminary data shows that ISRO has greater chances to retrieve the satellite. Once they do that, the satellite could be successfully places into its final orbit. (AP Photo)
As of now, preliminary data shows that ISRO has greater chances to retrieve the satellite. Once they do that, the satellite could be successfully places into its final orbit. (AP Photo)