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PSLV-C50 is scheduled to launch CMS-01, a communication satellite, on 17 December from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota | Twitter/@isro

Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch CMS-01 communication satellite Thursday from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.

The satellite to be launched at 3.41 pm as a sole payload on the PSLV-C50 mission will provide telecommunication services including television, tele-education, tele-medicine, and disaster management support.

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The 1,410-kg CMS-01 satellite will provide services in the Extended-C band of the frequency spectrum, and will include expanded and improved telecommunication coverage for both Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as Lakshadweep. It will also provide improved coverage over the Indian mainland.


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CMS-01 to replace GSAT-12 telecommunication satellite

CMS-01 will be India’s 42nd communication satellite to be placed into orbit.

The satellite, formerly known as the GSAT-12R, will replace the GSAT-12 telecommunication satellite currently in orbit, which was launched in 2011 and has functioned beyond its expected lifetime. GSAT-12 itself was a replacement for the INSAT-3B telecommunication satellite.

CMS-01 will be inserted into the higher, extremely elliptical geosynchronous transfer orbit with an apogee (farthest distance from earth) of almost 42,164 km, before which it settles into its final geostationary orbit of 35,000km and 83 degrees inclination. At this orbit, the satellite revolves around the Earth at the same speed as Earth’s rotation, and appears stationary in the sky when observed from Earth.

The satellite has an expected mission life of seven years.

To launch the satellite, the PSLV launcher will fly in its XL configuration with six strap-on boosters. This is the 52nd flight of the PSLV, and the 22nd in its XL configuration. This will also be the 77th launch from Sriharikota.

ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier said the mission rocket will be followed soon by the launch of ISRO’s new launcher for small satellites, the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), which will carry the EOS-02 (Earth Observation Satellite). The launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV) carrying EOS-3 is expected to follow after that.


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  1. India launched communication satellite CMS01 successfully on 17 December 2020 following earlier successful launch on 7 November 2020 of PSLV-C49 satellite and nine customer spacecraft.
    According to news reports , India launched communication satellite CMS01 successfully on 17 December 2020 following earlier successful launch on 7 November 2020 of PSLV-C49 satellite and nine customer spacecraft. These launches in the months of November and December in current year are expected to serve very useful purposes and has brought name to India’s scientific capability in space exploration. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of predictions for India through article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published as early as last year on 10 October , 2019 at theindiapost.com. The prediction made over a year past on 10 October , 2019 , has come precisely accurate conforming to time frame indicated , reads as follows in the said article :-
    “ IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION……….EFFORTS MADE IN SPACE PROGRAM ARE LIKELY TO MEET WITH SUCCESS BRINGING NAME”.
    Link to reach the article referred to here :-
    https://www.theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/

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