The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday marked its second successful mission of the year by launching the country’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01. PSLV-C50 carrying CMS-01 lifted off into the cloudy skies over Sriharikota at 3.41 pm.
The CMS-01 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.
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. (Read: ISRO successfully launches earth observation, EOS01 and 9 other satellites)
It was PSLV’s 52nd flight from the Sriharikota spaceport and the rocket’s 22nd flight with an XL variant of strap-ons. Around 20 minutes after lifting off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, PSLV-C50 successfully injected the satellite into a sub-geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).
Congratulating the team, Isro chairman K Sivan said PSLV-C50 had injected the satellite into the precise sub-GTO orbit. “Solar panels were successfully deployed, and the satellite is doing well,” he said.