The PSLV GSAT-6A was launched on 31 March from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The PSLV GSAT-6A was launched on 31 March from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.(Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. What Happened to GSAT-6A?
  • 2. For How Long Will GSAT-6A Stay in Space?
  • 3. Big Bucks Lost
  • 4. Will it Crash Back Into the Earth if Connection Cannot be...
Lost GSAT-6A Finally Found! Will ISRO Be Able to Re-Connect?

Ten days after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the GSAT-6A communications satellite into space, almost 48 hours after the launch, ISRO lost communication with the GSAT-6A.

Till now, India’s premier space exploration organisation hasn’t been able to re-establish communication with the GSAT-6A, although the exact location of the satellite has now been found and is being tracked in space by ISRO.

Despite confirmation of its location, there is still ambiguity as to when ISRO will get the satellite back online or if it ever will.

If no communication is established, the world (especially Indians) would be interested in knowing the answer to one question: What’s going to happen to the GSAT 6-A?

  • 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.

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