√India’s communication satellite CMS-01 was successfully launched
√ launched by PSLV-C50 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) , Sriharikota.
√CMS-01 is envisaged to provide services in the extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum that will cover the Indian mainland, the Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.
√It provides services like tele-education, tele-medicine, disaster management support and Satellite Internet access.
√It was India’s 42nd communication satellite with a mission life of over seven years.
√The satellite will be placed in the specified slot in the geosynchronous orbit.
√ it will function as the continuation of GSAT12 launched 11 years back.
√PSLV-C50 is the 52nd flight of PSLV and 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 strap-on motors).
? focus area for prelims 2021:
√ CMS-01 cover areas
√ geosynchronous orbit
For mains2020_ 21: services provided by CMS_01
Importance of communication satellite