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PSLV-C50 To Launch Communication Satellite CMS-01 On 17 Dec: ISRO

The launch of communication satellite CMS-01 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C50), is scheduled on December 17 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Friday.

“PSLV-C50, which is the 52nd mission of PSLV, will launch CMS-01 from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 15:41 Hrs IST on December 17, 2020 subject to weather conditions,” the space agency said.

CMS-01 is a communication satellite envisaged for providing services in Extended c Band of the frequency spectrum, it said.

The Extended-C Band coverage will include Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

CMS-01 is the 42nd Communication Satellite of India.

PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 strap-on motors), ISRO said, adding that this will be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

India is now beginning to resume activities following a big slowdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Sasibhushan noting that India and ISRO had been hit hard by the pandemic. Launch activities have only just resumed with the launch of PSLV-C49 over the weekend. The previous launch was in December 2019. 

Things are improving. The COVID curve is coming down and the first flight after the pandemic strike was scheduled this weekend. Hopefully a full recovery will take place sooner than later.

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