PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch by NSIL, successfully launches
Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota
Release/first dedicated launch by NSIL
Feb 28, 2021
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, 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.
ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated team ISRO for precise
injection of Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passenger satellites. Talking about the primary
satellite, Amazonia-1, he said “India and ISRO feel extremely proud and honoured to
launch the first satellite designed, integrated and operated by Brazil. Hearty
congratulations to the Brazilian team for this achievement.’’
H. E. Marcos Cesar Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology and
Innovation, Brazil congratulated ISRO team for today’s successful launch.
“Amazonia-1 is an important mission for Brazil which also marks beginning of a new
era for satellite development in the country” he remarked. He emphasized the
importance of partnership between India and Brazil and was looking forward to
further strengthen ties with India.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National
Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite will provide 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. Mr. Narayanan G, Chairman and Managing Director, NSIL thanked INPE, Brazil
for their faith in ISRO and NSIL’s strength and M/s Spaceflight Inc. USA for
facilitating this mission. He also acknowledged the other auxiliary payloads flown
onboard this mission and wished all the customers to achieve their desired goals. “I
also thank team ISRO and DOS for their clockwork precision” he concluded.
The 18 co-passenger satellites onboard PSLV-C51 includes four
from IN-SPACe and fourteen from NSIL.
The fourteen satellites from NSIL carried were the commercial
satellites from India (1) and USA (13).
Of the 4 satellites from IN-SPACe, three were UNITYsats designed
and built as a joint development by Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur,
G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering
and Technology, Coimbatore and one was Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) from Space Kidz
India. Dr Sivan appreciated the efforts of the teams in building the satellites.
“These satellites were fruition of the new space reforms announced by the Government
of India wherein ISRO promoted and handheld the teams. I’m very sure this mission
will enthuse other academic institutions and industries to build satellites.” he
placed on record.
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.
Chairman, ISRO concluded with a brief on the upcoming missions.