Highlights:

  • This marked the first launch of the year 2021. 
  • The launch undertook under an arrangement with US-based satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight Inc.
  • The blastoff was scheduled at 10.24 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

Today, for the first time ever, a Brazilian satellite, ‘Amazonia-1’ was launched by ISRO’s PSLV-C51, an Indian rocket from a Sriharikota spaceport. This happened to be the first dedicated commercial mission of Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

The first launch of the year 2021, undertook under an arrangement with US-based satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight Inc. PSLV-C51 rocket is the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). It has launched Amazonia-1 of Brazil as the primary satellite and 18 co-passenger payloads from the first launchpad of the Sriharikota spaceport in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

The blastoff was scheduled at 10.24 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, where the countdown commenced at 08.54 hours on Saturday for the PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 mission.

These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI). Reportedly, an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been engraved on the top panel of this spacecraft. “This is to show solidarity and gratitude for PM Modi’s Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatization,” said SKI, which is also sending up “Bhagavad Gita” in SD (secured digital) card.

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