“Efforts are underway to establish link with the satellite”: India’s space agency

“Efforts are underway to establish link with the satellite”: India’s space agency


NEW DELHI: According to authorities, India’s national space agency has lost contact with a satellite day after it was launched into orbit with much fanfare, on Sunday.

On Saturday, The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was unable to maintain communication with the GSAT-6A satellite as it prepared to undertake its third and final orbiting maneuver.

“Efforts are underway to establish link with the satellite,” ISRO claimed.

The satellite: an indigenous model weighing more than 2,000 tonnes — was designed to boost effective communications for the armed forces. It was launched from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The space programme is a source of overwhelming pride in India and marks an achievement that highlights its emergence as a rising power and major world economy.

Prime Minister Modi hailed the launch on Thursday and commented “proud of @isro for taking the nation towards new heights and a brighter future”.

The launch was seen as another feather in the cap for ISRO scientists, who won Asia’s race to Mars in 2014 when an Indian spacecraft reached the Red Planet on a shoestring budget.

That feat burnished India’s reputation as a reliable low-cost option for space exploration, with its $73 million price tag drastically undercutting Nasa’s Maven Mars $671-million mission.

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