In its last satellite launch of 2020, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully sent communication satellite CMS-01 using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C50 on December 17 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh.
The PSLV-C50 rocket lifted off from the second launch pad of SDSC SHAR at 15:41 hours (IST) carrying CMS-01. After a flight of about 20 minutes 12 seconds, the satellite was injected into its intended orbitby the vehicle. After the release of the satellite, CMS-01's solar panels were automatically deployed and ISRO's master control facility at Hassan, Karnataka, assumed its control. CMS-01 is the 42nd communication satellite of India and is envisaged to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The Extended-C Band coverage will include the Indian mainland and the island union territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.