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ISRO said the 25-hour-long countdown began after the satellite was installed on the PSLV-C50 rocket. On Thursday at 3.41 pm, the satellite will be launched from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Center, 120 km from here. However, the launch of the satellite will also depend on the weather patterns.
The countdown of PSLV-CMS-01 mission was started at 2.41 pm today (Wednesday) at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, ISRO said. This is the 52nd mission of this polar satellite launch vehicle.
CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) is the 42nd communication satellite of ISRO and this communication satellite will provide service in the extended C band of frequency spectrum, covering the mainland of India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands. This will be the 77th launch vehicle mission to be launched from the Satish Dhawan Center in Sriharikota.
The telecommunications services will be particularly improved with the CMS-01 satellite traveling alone as a payload on the PSLV-C50 mission.
With its help, the picture quality of the TV channels will be improved and the government will get help in tele-education, tele-medicine further and disaster management. The satellite will replace GSAT-2 telecommunications satellite launched in 2011. CMS-01 will provide services for the next seven years.
This will be the 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (powered by six strapon motors). This is just the second expedition after the first mission of ISRO launched last month due to corona infection this year.
Will be installed in Earth’s most remote orbit
CMS-01 will be installed at the highest orbit of Earth, or, in other words, at the most remote point of 42,164 km. When set up in this orbit, this satellite will move around the Earth at the same speed and will give the illusion of standing in a place in the sky when viewed from the earth.