ISRO loses contact with communication satellite GSAT-6A

GSAT-6A satellite launched on March 29 has been lost the Indian Space Research Organisation said Sunday. The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A has been successfully carried out by Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) Engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, in the morning, the ISRO said in a statement.

The 2140-kg communication satellite GSAT-6A is aimed at helping in mobile communication GSAT-6A is aimed at providing a thrust to mobile communication through multi-beam coverage facility. The ISRO then said the heat shield did not separate on the final leg of the launch sequence and, as a result, IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.