India successfully launched the latest communications satellite CMS-01 from the spaceport here on Thursday. This is its Polar rocket. This is the second and last launch during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ISRO’s trusted polar satellite carrier rocket PSLV-C50, about 20 minutes after it lifted off from the second launch pad of the Sriharikota spaceport, injected the satellite into a predetermined orbit.
CMS-01 is the space agency’s 42nd communications satellite, and it plans to provide services in the Extended C-band covering the spectrum of India, Andaman and Nicobar, and the Lakshadweep Islands.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that the satellite is operating well. He said that the satellite’s solar panels are a vital operation and have been deployed, and he addressed the mission control center scientists.
“I am very pleased to announce that PSLV-C50 has successfully injected the CMS-01 communications satellite into a pre-defined sub-geosynchronous transmission orbit. Within four days from now, the satellite will be placed in the designated slot of GTO. .”He said.
Siwan said the satellite will replace the GSAT-12 communications satellite launched 11 years ago. According to ISRO, the service life of CMS-01 will exceed 7 years.
The chairman congratulated the space agency’s launch and the satellite vehicle team. He said: “I am sure that this satellite will successfully complete all functions as planned.” He outlined ISRO’s future missions, including Chandrayaan-3, the flagship mission Aditya L -1 and Gaganyaan, they said they planned to carry out the mission first.
These include the long-awaited GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) and SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle) missions. He said: “A series of tasks are coming, and as usual, the ISRO team will rise.”
PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in the “XL” configuration (equipped with six strap-on motors). It is the 77th launch vehicle mission of Srinaikota, about 120 kilometers from Chennai.
This is after the successful launch of the PSLV-C49 (EOS-01) earth observation satellite and 9 customer spacecraft on November 7. This is the first annual mission of ISRO during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s launch is ISRO’s last launch in 2020.
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