On Thursday, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s 42nd communication satellite named CMS-01 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) -Sriharikota Range (SHAR). This exhilarating project is ISRO’s second launch during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CMS -01 with a life span of seven years is there with bells on to provide services in the Extended –C Band of the frequency spectrum whose tegumentary include the Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicober and Lakshadweep Islands. After GSAT and INSAT series this satellite is first in the new series of communication satellites. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle –C50 (PLSV-C50) rocket encumbered with the country’s communication satellite CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday evening. Besides satellite CMS -01 again successfully lifted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota at 3:41 PM.
Moreover, ISRO has recently decided to introduce generic nomenclature in its satellites. Earlier it had named its Earth Observation Satellites as EOS and the Communication Satellites as CMS.
Reckoning up to that M. Annadurai, who retire as director from U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), formerly ISRO Satellite Centre said- ‘nowadays satellites have multiple payloads for varied users and hence a thematic satellite may be a misnomer and ISRO might have decided to go for a generic name.