PSLV-C50 missile with communications satellite takes off from Sriharikota

The PSLV-C50 rocket carrying the CMS-01 communications satellite will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on Thursday.

“When the 25-hour countdown, which began at 2:41 a.m. on Wednesday, came to an end, the PSLV-C50 launch vehicle launched on its 52nd mission at 3:41 p.m. from the second launch pad in the spaceport,” said ISRO.

India’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the 42nd communications satellite into orbit on its 52nd flight, which will cover the entire country for disaster management and satellite internet connectivity.

The space agency’s CMS-01 satellite is expected to provide services in the extended C-band of the frequency spectrum for the islands of India, Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

PSLV-C50 is the 22nd PSLV flight in XL configuration (equipped with six strap-on motors). The launch is the 77th launcher mission from Sriharikota, about 120 km from here.

This will be followed by the successful launch of the Earth observation satellite PSLV-C49 (EOS-01) and nine customer spacecraft on November 7th, which was ISRO’s first mission of the year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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