Headlines December 18, 2020
ISRO’s new communication satellite placed in orbit
Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) second successful mission of 2020 was launched. India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 was placed in the orbit on Thursday. PSLV-C50 carrying the satellite left from Sriharikota at 3.41 pm. This new satellite is expected to boost disaster management and internet connectivity.
“#CMS01 successfully separated from fourth stage of #PSLVC50 and injected into orbit”, tweeted ISRO confirming the news.
As the rocket was placed into the orbit, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan announced that the mission was a success. Officials stated that CMS-01 hopes to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum covering India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands. After a series of manoeuvres using its propulsion system, the satellite would move to its specific orbit on 21 December. This new satellite will also perform functions of GSAT-12 launch.
CMS-01 has a lifespan of eleven years.
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