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Countdown Begins for Launch of Communication Satellite CMS-01 On-board PSLV-C50: ISRO

Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50 / CMS-01 mission commenced today at 1441 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.  (Image: Twitter/@isro)

Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50 / CMS-01 mission commenced today at 1441 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. (Image: Twitter/@isro)

The polar satellite launch vehicle's 52nd mission is scheduled for liftoff at 15.41 hours on Thursday from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota 'subject to weather conditions'.

The 25-hour countdown for the launch of communication satellite CMS-01 on board launch vehicle PSLV-C50 commenced on Wednesday, ISRO said. The polar satellite launch vehicle's 52nd mission is scheduled for lift-off at 15.41 hours on Thursday from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota 'subject to weather conditions'.

"PSLV-CMS-01 Mission: Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50/CMS01 mission commenced today at 1441hrs from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR Sriharikota," ISRO said. CMS-01 is the 42nd communication satellite of the space agency and it is envisaged for providing services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum covering India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.

PSLV-C50 is the 22nd flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (equipped with six strap-on motors), and tomorrow's launch would be the 77th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota, about 120 km from here. It follows the successful launch of PSLV-C49 (EOS-01) earth observation satellite and nine customer spacecraft on November 7 which was ISRO's first mission of the year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

first published:December 16, 2020, 18:43 IST
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