HIGHLIGHTS::

  • On Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launches the country’s 42nd communication satellite named CMS-01.
  • The satellite is said to be the first in a new series of communication satellites by India after the GSAT and INSAT series. 
  • It will be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR and the new satellite will be replacing the GSAT-12 in the orbit that was launched back in 2011.
  • The EOS-01, an earth observation satellite, is intended to provide agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support.

On Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launches the country’s 42nd communication satellite named CMS-01. Amid the ongoing pandemic, this is the second satellite launched by the organization. 

The CMS-01 is envisaged to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum whose coverage will include the Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands. The satellite is said to be the first in a new series of communication satellites by India after the GSAT and INSAT series.

While ISRO had earlier said adding that the fuelling process of the launch vehicle had been completed, it added, “Communication satellite CMS-01 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C50) is scheduled from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota today.”

It will be the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR and the new satellite will be replacing the GSAT-12 in the orbit that was launched back in 2011. On Saturday, ISRO had launched the 51st mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The carrier vehicle PSLV C49 had delivered 10 satellites in all with EOS-01 as the primary one. The EOS-01, an earth observation satellite, is intended to provide agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support.

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