ISRO successfully launches communication satellite CMS-01

The PSLV-C50 had a smooth blastoff, and was placed into orbit 20 minutes later.

NEW DELHI: The countdown before liftoff is always a heart-stopping moment during a satellite launch. And it was no different today at the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO's) second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The space agency's scientists looked on nervously at their old workhorse, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which had its forty second communications satellite CMS-01 as its payload.  However, at 3:41 pm, the  spacecraft took off as planned — in an almost picture perfect, blemish-free blastoff. And even more good news was to follow: 20 minutes after launch, the satellite separated successfully from the fourth stage of the rocket and was injected into   geosynchronous transfer orbit.

"The satellite is functioning well and it will be placed in a specified slot in the next four days. Teams worked very well and safely under Covid2019  pandemic situation," said ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan.

CMS-01 carries 12 Extended C band transponders which will strengthen the country's telecommunication services. The extended C band uses 3.4 to 3.7 GHz for downlink and 6.425 to 6.725 GHz for uplinks of the signals and is relatively less susceptible to rain fade and weather interference.

With a mission life of seven years, the bird will provide coverage to the Indian mainland, Andaman &  Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands. It will replace the ageing GSAT-12 which was launched in 2011.

The space agency had chosen the ‘XL’ variant of the 44m high PSLV with six strapons for its fifty second  flight. In the normal configuration, PSLV is a four stage/engine expendable rocket powered by solid and liquid fuels alternatively with six booster motors strapped on to the first stage to give higher thrust during the initial flight moments.

The premier space agency is now preparing for the launch of new small rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) which will carry EOS-02 (Earth Observation Satellite). It will be followed by the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV) which will carry EOS-3 in space.

The other Indian satellites that are ready for launch are GISAT and Microsat-2A. The launch of GISAT-1  was earlier slated for 5 March, but was postponed due to technical reasons 24 hours before D-Day. 

Latest Reads
Intelsat Commercial Aviation signs an agreement with Nelco to provide in-flight connectivity

Intelsat, the operator of integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), announced the beginning of Intelsat’s inflight connectivity services in Indian skies through an agreement with satellite communication service provider Nelco.

Satellites Satellite Operators
Kacific Broadband Satellite appoints Vishaal Mathur as vice president of sales for south asia region

Satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellite International has appointed Vishaal Mathur as vice president of sales for the South Asia region.

Satellites Satellite Operators
“India is the strongest media market in APAC”: Intelsat’s Bill O’Hara & Terry Bleakley

Bill O’Hara and Terry Bleakley make for an odd couple – they are as different as chalk and cheese. O’Hara is a true blood American, while Bleakley is from that distant land called New Zealand, and is a Kiwi. But they have one thing in common between them: the company they work for – global...

Satellites Satellite Operators
Satellite & media industry veteran Vishaal Mathur launches consultancy firm

After spending 17 years with leading satellite operators MEASAT (Astro group) in Malaysia and SES in Singapore, Vishaal Mathur has decided to start his own independent consultancy called Vishaal Mathur and Associates.

Satellites Satellite Launches
Measat Satellite Systems elevates G Selvaraj as CCO & J Rao becomes AVP of network engineering & operations

Measat Satellite Systems on Friday has elevated Ganendra Selvaraj and Jeevan Rao to new roles. Selvaraj has been named the chief commercial officer (CCO) and Rao has been appointed as the associate vice president (AVP) of network engineering & operations.

Satellites Satellite Operators
PSLV C-51 lifts off with Brazil’s first indigenously made satellite

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Sunday launched Brazil’s first indigenously made satellite, Amazonia-1, onboard its old warhorse PSLV from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It is also ISRO's first space mission of 2021.

Satellites Satellite Launches
ISRO opens doors to two space start-ups for testing satellites

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has opened its doors to two Indian start-ups to test their satellites at the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.

Satellites Satellite Launches
India all set to launch Brazil’s first indigenously made satellite

New Delhi: India is all set to launch Brazil’s first indigenously made satellite- Amazonia-1 onboard its old warhorse PSLV from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh later this month. “The New Space India Ltd (NSIL), a newly formed public sector undertaking under the Department...

Satellites Satellite Operators
AsiaSat taps into HERMES Live’s streaming service

Satellite solutions provider Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (AsiaSat) has signed up Hong Kong-based live-streaming platform HERMES Live as its technology partner. Under the deal, HERMES Live will provide seamless live streaming service to AsiaSat customers across the world.

Satellites Satellite Operators