INSAT-2B satellite of ISRO which had completed its designed life
of seven years in July 2000, but was still being utilised, lost earth lock
around 2.30 pm yesterday (November 3, 2000). The recovery attempts have become
difficult due to depleted condition of the oxidizer on board the satellite,
which is required for orbit and attitude control.
The engineers at INSAT Master Control Facility, Hassan, are continuously
working on satellite recovery. In the meanwhile, alternate service plans are
being worked out for the users. It may be noted that INSAT-2B carries C-band,
extended C-band, S-band transponders and meteorology payload.