ISRO’s PSLV-C50 rocket successfully places communication satellite into orbit

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ISRO’s PSLV-C50 rocket successfully places communication satellite into orbit

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 17, 2020 8:56:50 pm

ISRO launches Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 carrying CMS-01 communication satellite from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Twitter/ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Thursday announced that its PSLV-C50 rocket has successfully placed communication satellite CMS-01 into orbit.

“Satellite is functioning very well and will be placed in a specified slot in another 4 days. Teams worked very well and safely under COVID-19 pandemic situation,” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan announced.

According to ISRO, the satellite has a life span of seven years. (Twitter/ISRO)

The communication satellite is envisaged for providing services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum covering India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands. It is the 42nd communication satellite of the space agency.

PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (equipped with six strap-on motors), and it was the 77th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota, about 120 km from Chennai.

ISRO launches Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-50 carrying CMS-01 communication satellite from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Twitter/ISRO)

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.

According to ISRO, the satellite has a life span of seven years.

-Inputs from PTI

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