Spacecraft built for 10 years goes silent on second day
A day after GSAT-6A, the country’s newest communication satellite, went incommunicado in space, officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that they were working to restore the link with it.
Reason for losing contact
The silence is initially believed to have been caused by a power glitch or a short circuit on the satellite.
What was GSAT-6 lauched?
The spacecraft, launched on March 29, was meant to support military communications in hostile regions using handy ground terminals. Built to last 10-12 years, it was to be a standby for its three-year-old replica GSAT-6.
ISRO chief hopeful
ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, “Going by preliminary data, we expect that we will be able to recover the satellite. Its systems are in good health. Functionally, there would be no shortage or disturbance as GSAT-6 would be at work for some more years.”
The command team at the ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan would get another shot at recovery when the satellite passes over India on Monday morning.
Next launch due
The launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1I is scheduled for April 12. It will replace the IRNSS-1A satellite.
(Adapted from The Hindu)