In an another beautiful launch, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), launch vehicle PSLV-C50 successfully lifts off communication satellite CMS-01 today at 1541 hrs IST.
This is the 52nd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), will launched from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
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The communication satellite CMS-01 successfully separated from fourth stage of PSLV-C50 and injected into orbit.
CMS-01 (formerly known as GSAT-12R) 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.
CMS-01 will replace India’s ageing satellite GSAT-12.
PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). For example in last PSLV launch that is PSLV-C49, ISRO used 2 solid strap-on motors which is in ‘DL’ Configuration.
The last launch conducted by ISRO is on 7th November 2020 in which ISRO successfully launched 10 customer satellite including EOS-01, an earth observation satellite into the space by PSLV-C49.
ISRO is also working on SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle) Project which will be able to deliver payload of up to 500 KG into lower earth orbit.
SSLV will be useful for small satellite vendors as after SSLV they don not have to wait for a bigger payload in order to launch their satellite in to the space. SSLV will be able to launch mission more frequently than PSLV or GSLV of ISRO.