PSLV-C50/CMS-01 to ferry communication satellite on 17 December

Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for a PSLV-C50 mission that would ferry communication satellite CMS-01 in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit on 17 December.

The launch is tentatively scheduled at 3.41 pm from the Second Launch Pad (SLP), subject to weather conditions, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR Range, Sriharikota, about 100 km from here, ISRO sources said today.

About 20 minutes after lift off, the CMS-01 would be injected into the GTO after the ignition and separation of all the four stages of the launch vehicle.

With a mission life of seven years, CMS-01 is a communication satellite envisaged for providing services in extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum.

The extended-C Band coverage will include Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

CMS-01 is the 42nd Communication Satellite of India. PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 strap-on motors). This will be the 77th launch mission from the spaceport of Sriharikota and the 52nd Flight of the 44.4 m tall PSLV.

This will be the second mission for ISRO in 2020 after its launch schedules were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

On 7 November, PSLV successfully launched EOS-01 and nine international customer satellites from Sriharikota.


NT Bureau