PSLV-C50 successfully launches CMS-01 from Sriharikota
Release/PSLV-C50 successfully launches CMS-01 from Sriharikota
India’s communication satellite CMS-01 was successfully launched by PSLV-C50 on
Wednesday December 17, 2020 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR,
PSLV-C50 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR at 15:41 hours (IST)
carrying CMS-01. After a flight of about 20 minutes 12 seconds, the vehicle
injected the satellite into its intended orbit.
After injection, the solar panels of CMS-01 were automatically deployed and
ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan has assumed the control of the
satellite. In the coming days, orbit raising manoeuvers will be executed to
position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at its designated location.
After the successful launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan appreciated the tireless
efforts of both the satellite and launch vehicle teams in realising this mission
amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
CMS-01 is a communication satellite envisaged for providing services in
Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The Extended-C Band coverage will
include Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar & Lakshadweep Islands. CMS-01 is the
42nd Communication Satellite of India.
PSLV-C50 is the 52nd flight of PSLV and 22nd flight of PSLV in 'XL'
configuration (with 6 strap-on motors). This was the 77th launch vehicle mission
from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
Talking about the upcoming PSLV-C51 mission, Dr K Sivan said “The mission will
be fruition of the space reforms recently introduced in the country.” Further he
added that the mission will carry three satellites built by private entities.