1. What Happened to GSAT-6A?
The GSAT-6A was launched on 31 March from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. After successfully completing two firing stages, the satellite was gearing up for the third and the final firing scheduled for 1 April, when ISRO lost communication with it.
The 2,140-kg satellite was to be used to establish satellite-based mobile communication applications for the Indian government and military.
Although, there’s isn’t any certainty on why the connection was severed, many reports suggest that an electrical glitch may have been the cause. The satellite was supposed to go into "safe mode" in the event of a connection break but to ISRO’s horror the feature hasn’t got activated till now.
Thanks to ISRO’s satellite tracking system and other sources, it now knows where the satellite is and also has information that it is moving in the geo transfer orbit at perigee of around 26,000km and apogee of about 33,000km.
ISRO is now hopeful that a connection will be established soon enough.