ISRO launches PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites

Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) first launch of 2021, PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites took off. Scheduled to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Sunday morning, the launch took place at the end of a nearly 26-hour countdown at around 10.24 am.

PSLV-C51 rocket is the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). It was the first time that a Brazilian satellite was launched by an Indian rocket.

Amazonia-1 of Brazil is the primary satellite. Along with it, there are other 18 co-passenger payloads that also launched from the first launch pad. These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI).

The launch pad is situated in Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, which is about 100 kms from Chennai.

Soon after the launch, the Amsazonia-1 successfully separated from fourth stage of the PSLV-C51 and injected into orbit.

A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been engraved on the top panel of this spacecraft. “This is to show solidarity and gratitude for his (PM’s) Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatization,” said SKI.

The 637-kg Amazonia-1 would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory,” an ISRO statement said.

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