INSAT 3E has failed in orbit – not believed to be insured

by | Mar 31, 2014 | Add category, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

The INSAT 3E communications satellite of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has failed in orbit on 26 March 2014.  Clients using the spacecraft’s services are being moved to other satellites.  The spacecraft which was originally insured at launch, was not believed to have been insured at the time of loss.  The exact nature of the cause of the failure has not been disclosed.  The spacecraft which has a design life of 15 years was launched in September 2003.  According to the Seradata SpaceTrak database, INSAT 3E has had a relatively uneventful life but it did have an attitude control anomaly on 22 September 2012 when it lost Earth lock but was recovered and had its services restored 11 hours after the initial event.

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