The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully launched communication satellite CMS-01 onboard launch vehicle Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C50).
The polar satellite launch vehicle’s 52nd mission lift-off took place at 3.41 pm from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota.
ISRO tweeted, “PSLV C50 lifts off successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.”
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“CMS01 successfully separated from the fourth stage of PSLV-C50. PSLV-C50 successfully injected CMS01 communication satellite precisely in predefined orbit. Satellite is functioning very well and will be placed in a specified slot in another four days. Teams worked very well and safely under COVID-19 pandemic situation,” said ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan.
CMS-01 is the 42nd communication satellite of the space agency and it is envisaged for providing services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum covering India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.
PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (equipped with six strap-on motors), and the launch would be the 77th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota, about 120 km from here.
It follows the successful launch of PSLV-C49 (EOS-01) earth observation satellite and nine customer spacecraft on November 7 which was ISRO’s first mission of the year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.