PSLV-C50 successfully places communication satellite CMS-01 into orbit

The expendable medium-lift launch vehicle, PSLV-C50, has successfully placed the communication satellite CMS-01 into orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in an announcement on December 15, 2020.
“Satellite is functioning very well and will be placed in a specified slot in another 4 days. Teams worked very well and safely under COVID-19 pandemic situation,” the Chairman of ISRO, Dr. K Sivan, said in the announcement.

The communication satellite, CMS-01, is expected to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The satellite will cover India, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep islands. It is the 42nd communication satellite of the Indian space agency.

PSLV-C50, the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ is equipped with six strap-on motors. It was launched from Sriharikota, 120 km from Chennai.