The 52nd mission of ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV launched India’s newest communication satellite CMS -01 into orbit as per schedule today.
In a textbook exercise, the PSLV C50 lifted off into the skies above Sriharikota at 3:41 p.m and its various stages separated as planned before placing its only payload- the CMS-01 – in predesignated geosynchronous transfer orbit around twenty minutes after launch.
Addressing scientists gathered for the launch at the mission control centre later, ISRO chairman Dr. K. Sivan said the satellite had been injected precisely into its transfer orbit and it’s solar panels had been successfully deployed.Initial reports indicated that the satellite was functioning very well.
He said the satellite would be moved into its geostationary orbit on the 21st of this month after a series of manoeuvres over the next four days.CMS-01 would take over the role performed GSAT 12 communication satellite which was nearing the end of its life and carry out all its functions successfully.
Referring to ISRO’S next mission, he said the PSLV C -51 due soon would usher in a new era of space reform in the country. It would launch the first satellite from a startup – for earth observation purposes – within just 8 months of the sector being opened up for private participation.
He said work was going on on Chandrayaan -3 ,Aditya L1 and Gaganyaan besides the GSLV and SSLV missions despite the challenging Covid situation.
The CMS-01 satellite launched today will provide telecommunication services including television, tele-education, tele-medicine, and disaster management support.
This includes expanded and improved telecommunication coverage for both Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as Lakshadweep besides improved coverage over the Indian mainland.
The CMS-01 will be a replacement for GSAT-12 that was launched on July 11, 2011 with a mission life of eight years.
Report by: Philip Mathews