India launched its 42nd communication satellite PSLV-C50 in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit from Sathish Dawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota which is to replace GSAT-12 launched in 2011. This satellite envisaged for providing services in extended C Band of frequency spectrum which has a coverage including Indian mainland, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands. The mission life was 7 years.
PSLV-C50 is the 52nd mission of PSLV and 22nd flight of PSLV in XL configuration (with 6 strap on motors) and 77th launch vehicle mission from SHAR, Sriharikota.
In previous years many satellites have been launched by ISRO per year. But in 2020 due to corona pandemic only 3 satellites have been launched till the end of the year where GSAT-30 was launched from French Guiana on January 17, 2020 by Ariane 5 VA-251 for communication purpose and other two was launched from Sathish Dawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The 2nd launch was PSLV-C49/EOS-01 on 7th November 2020 which is used for Disaster Management System and Earth observations and PSLV-C50/CMS-01 on 17th December 2020 for communication purpose.