Scientists lose contact with India’s national space agency and satellite

India’s national space agency has lost contact with a satellite days after it was launched into orbit with much fanfare, authorities said on Sunday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with the GSAT-6A satellite as it prepared to undertake its third and final orbiting maneuver on Saturday.

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“Efforts are underway to establish the link with the satellite,” ISRO said in a statement.

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

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