48 hours after launch, Isro goes silent on GSAT
Chethan Kumar | TNN
BENGALURU: Less than 48 hours after the Thursday launch of GSAT-6A, one of India's biggest communication satellites with military applications, celebration gave way to suspense at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Saturday.
A source said the second orbit-raising exercise around 10am went off well, with the liquid apogee motor (LAM) firing as planned, but a few minutes later there were some "hitches in communication". Soon, top Isro scientists went into a huddle.
The customary official statement on the manoeuvre, like the one after the first such exercise at 9.22am on Thursday, did not happen. Neither was there word on the third orbit raising exercise. Scientists either remained incommunicado or claimed ignorance of the health of the satellite. Isro chairman K Sivan chaired a marathon meeting on Saturday.
Orbit-raising manoeuvres are done to change satellites’ closest and farthest points from earth, besides their inclination.
Sanjoy Satpathy - 4 hours ago
Modijee has nothing to do with ISRO.Do not blame or crticise your PM from constipation to heart attach!
Kautilya - Takshashila - 4 hours ago
This is a defence satellite; what info is the media expecting and how much can it trust even if the info is made available. Go back to the field and search for new stories. Nothing to see here!
KONFUCIUS KEN - 4 hours ago
Precision manoevres take time and are not discussed until full functionality. Taking into consideration certain additional " critical" features included, the capabilities will have to be validated over a period of time and even shown as part failure not to attract undue attention and counters.
Timir - Navi Mumbai - 3 hours ago
Even if this mission fails, it is going to be a learning for future missions. And I really appreciate the efforts made by scientists for this mission.
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Rajat Lahiry - 4 hours ago
Media will now work overtime to let the world know that this launch was probably a failure. This is the real face of Indian media.
Sham Shastry - 4 hours ago
Prestitudes planted by Pappu have immediately started blaming Modi of mission failure. Points to be noted that all scams being exposed today about politicians, bureaucrats and organizations have been working with their modus oprandi long before Modi govt took over. Congress govt allowed them to do so with hand in gloves. Now the scams being exposed almost every week naturally Pappu is pointing fingers towards Modi. This point to be noted.
Bm - Australia - 3 hours ago
Congress Pidis, Muslims will come barking that it is a "failure" of Modi.