The ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV’s 52nd mission is scheduled for launch at 15:41 hours today from the second launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport. CMS-01 is said to be India’s 42nd communication satellite to be placed into orbit. The ISRO satellite launch is aimed at providing improved telecom services, including television, tele-education, tele-medicine, and disaster management support for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep

CMS-01 ISRO satellite weighs 1,410-kg and will be India’s 42nd communication satellite to be placed into orbit. It function is to provide services in the Extended-C band of the frequency spectrum, and will include expanded and improved telecommunication It will also provide improved coverage over the Indian mainland.

ISRO Launch Satellite 1

Formerly known as the GSAT-12R, CMS-01 ISRO satellite is expected to replace the GSAT-12 telecommunication satellite currently in orbit. GSAT-12 itself was a replacement for the INSAT-3B telecommunication satellite.

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CMS-01 has an anticipated mission life of seven yearsand will be implanted into the higher, extremely elliptical geosynchronous transfer orbit with an apogee (farthest distance from earth) of nearly 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.

ISRO Launch Satellite 2

To launch the satellite, the PSLV launcher is expected to fly in its XL configuration with six strap-on boosters. This is said to be 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 in a statement 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).” It is being said that the launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV) carrying EOS-3 is expected to follow after that.

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