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Everything hinges on re-establishing contact: Isro chief on GSAT recovery

"We are going through the data meticulously to establish a link with the satellite," said ISRO chairman K Sivan

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

ISRO GSAT-A6 satellite launch
ISRO's GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A communication satellite blasts off into orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota on Thursday | Photo: PTI

The Indian space agency is working overtime to restore the communication link with its satellite "which is still alive", said on Sunday.

"Data available with us shows that we can restore the communication link with the satellite as it is alive," Sivan told IANS here.

Earlier in the day, the (ISRO) admitted belatedly that it lost the crucial link with GSAT-6A, two days after it was launched on Thursday on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from its spaceport in Sriharikota in

The satellite was to be placed in its intended orbit 36,000 km above ground level after three orbit-raising manoeuvres from the space agency's (MCF) at Hassan in

"The first two manoeuvres had worked as they were intended to but as the third manoeuvre was going to be fired, the satellite stopped responding.

"We are going through the data meticulously to establish a link with the satellite," said a confident Sivan.

Sivan, who took charge as the space agency's in January, however, said he was not aware if the mission to launch the 2,000kg GSAT-6A, which alone costed over Rs 2.4 billion, was insured.

Noting that a satellite usually communicated in a while after such glitches, the said the had not done yet.

"Our team at the MCF is continuously trying to establish the link," he said.

Complementing the GSAT-6 that was launched earlier in 2015, the was to help provide the technologies for point-to-point communication.

"The functioning of GSAT-6 will remain as usual while we're trying to connect with the GSAT-6A," Sivan said.A

Only after the communication link is re-established, the satellite can be placed in its intended orbit.

With a life span of 10 years, the satellite was meant to provide platform for developing technologies that could be useful in satellite based

First Published: Sun, April 01 2018. 20:48 IST
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