Isro has begun countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50/CMS-01 mission. PSLV-C50 will carry communication satellite CMS-01 into the space at 3:41pm on December 17. The satellite will be launched from second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The rocket will place satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit from where it will be raised to its final position. The launch will be 52nd flight of PSLV and 77th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota spaceport. CMS-01 is a communication satellite, with a life of seven years. The satellite is aimed at providing services in extended-C band of the frequency spectrum. The extended-C band coverage will include Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep. This will be Isro’s second launch this year after PSLV-C49. On November 7, PSLV-C49 carried all-weather earth imaging satellite EOS-01 and 9 foreign satellites.