The Indian Space Research Agency announced Sunday that it lost contact with a powerful satellite just days after its launch with great enthusiasm. ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization, lost contact with the GSAT-6A satellite on Saturday as it was preparing to begin its third and final maneuver in orbit.
The GSAT-6A was launched on Thursday and ISRO lost connection with the satellite yesterday
“Efforts are underway to make contact with the satellite,” the agency said in a statement.
The satellite of more than 2,000 tons was designed to improve the communication capabilities of the Indian armed forces. It was launched Thursday from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Thursday’s launch, declaring himself proud of the Indian Space Research Organization for leading the nation to new heights and a better future.
ISRO launched its Army communication satellite on Thursday, March 29th which was a busy day in space, marked by three launches and a spacewalk.
However, the Indian Space Research Agency lost connection with the GSAT-6A satellite yesterday, March 31st, 2018.
The Indian Space Research Agency established a world’s record in 2017
Inaugurated in the 1960s, the Indian space program, a source of great national pride, caught the attention of the world by allowing a probe to be placed in orbit around Mars in 2014.
The cost of the project is about $73 million and this is only a fraction of the $671 million that NASA spent on a similar mission to the Red Planet.
In February 2017, the International Space Research Agency, ISRO, was back in the annals of this activity field by successfully placing into orbit more than 100 satellites carried in outer space with only one rocket, which means a world’s record.
Even more, ISRO is working on building lunar habitats that can be used in future manned missions to the Moon.
In the meantime, the Indian Space Research Agency engineers lost contact with the GSAT-6A satellite on Saturday and are struggling since then to regain connection.