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Feb 28, 2021
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PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch for NSIL, successfully launches
Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 successfully launched
Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites today (February 28,
2021) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C51 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR at 10:24
hours (IST) as planned. After a flight of about 17 minutes 23 seconds,
the vehicle injected the Amazonia-1 into its intended orbit and in the
succeeding 1 hour 38 minutes, all the 18 co-passenger satellites
successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National
Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite 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.
PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of
NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under
Department of Space.
The 18 co-passenger satellites onboard PSLV-C51 includes four from
IN-SPACe and fourteen from NSIL. Out of 4 satellites from IN-SPACe,
three were UNITYsats designed and built as a joint development by
Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur (JITsat), G.H.Raisoni
College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCEsat) and Sri Shakti Institute of
Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat) and one was
Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) from Space Kidz India. The fourteen satellites
from NSIL carried were the commercial satellites from India (1) and USA
PSLV-C51 is the 53rd flight of PSLV and 3rd flight of
PSLV in 'DL' configuration (with 2 strap-on motors). This was the 78th
launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
With today’s launch, the total number of customer
satellites from foreign countries placed in orbit by PSLV is 342
satellites from 34 countries.