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India launches communication satellite

By The Assam Tribune

SRIHARIKOTA, Dec 17 - India successfully launched its latest communication satellite CMS-01 on board its Polar rocket from the spaceport here on Thursday, the second and last launch this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ISRO�s trusted PSLV-C50 injected the satellite into the predefined orbit around 20 minutes after the lift-off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota.

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. The satellite is functioning �very well�, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said. The solar panels of the satellite, a crucial operation, have been deployed, he said, addressing scientists from the Mission Control Centre.

In another four days from now, the satellite will be placed into the specified slot into the GTO, he said. � PTI

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