Highlights

Indian Space Agency ISRO is all set to launch the communication satellite CMS-01 on the PSLV-C50 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). This is the 42nd Communication Satellite of India and it will be launched on 17th December 2020.

Points To Note

  • It is the 52nd mission of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
  • It is also the 22nd flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in ‘XL’ configuration having 6 strap-on motors.
  • PSLV will take its flight from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • ISRO communication satellite would be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC.

About CMS-01

It is the 42nd Communication Satellite of India. The satellite provides the services in the  Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The Extended-C Band coverage includes the Indian mainland, Lakshadweep Island and Andaman & Nicobar islands. The satellite was formerly known as GSAT-12R. It has been  designed and developed by the ISRO. CMS-01 will replace the aged satellite GSAT-12. It will be same as the equipment load of GSAT-12 with some advanced variants.

ISRO launched Communication Satellite CMS-01

Function

The CMS-01 would provide services including the Satellite Internet access (SIA), disaster management support, tele-medicine and  tele-education.

PSLV

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is an expendable medium-lift launch vehicle. It has been designed and operated by the ISRO. It was developed so that India could launch its Indian Remote Sensing satellites into sun-synchronous orbits.  PSLV also launch the small size satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Some of the PSLV include India’s first space observatory called Astrosat, India’s first lunar mission called Chandrayaan-1, India’s first interplanetary mission called the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan). ISRO launched Communication Satellite CMS-01 ISRO launched Communication Satellite CMS-01