India puts into orbit its 42nd communication satellite

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India on Thursday successfully placed its 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) in the geosynchronous transfer orbit in a textbook style.

India’s brand new communication satellite CMS-01 with a life span of seven years will provide services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The satellite will cover Indian mainland, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the country’s space agency.

The CMS-01 will be a replacement for GSAT-12 that weighed 1,410 kg and was launched on July 11, 2011 with a mission life of eight years.

Expressing his happiness at the successful launch of CMS-01 satellite, ISRO Chairman K.Sivan said: “In four days time the CMS-01 satellite will be taken to its intended geosynchronous orbit. The satellite’s solar panel has been deployed.”

He said the next rocket that would fly in Feb-March 2021 will be PSLV-C51 which will be a special one for ISRO as well as for the country.

Sivan said the rocket will be carrying India’s first earth observation satellite from a start-up called Pixxel. The rocket will also carry communication satellites built by students part of SpaceKidz team and another satellite built by a consortium of three Indian universities.

“The primary payload for PSLV-C51 rocket will be a Brazilian satellite weighing between 600-700kg,” Sivan said.

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