ISRO’s satellite reaches orbit

A communications satellite of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) named CMS-01, which was launched on 17 December, reached near its orbital home on Monday.

Delighted to inform, ISRO tweeted, ‘CMS-01 nears its orbital home after completion of orbit raising manoeuvres. The satellite’s reflector has been deployed.’

‘Satellite will be available to users for communication services after completion of payload in-orbit testing in first week of January 2021’, the tweet added.

On 17 December, ISRO’s PSLV-C50 successfully launched India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The PSLV-C50 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at 3:41 pm and CMS-01 was injected into its intended orbit after a flight of about 20 minutes and 12 seconds, after which, solar panels of CMS-01 were automatically deployed and ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan assumed control of the satellite.