Highlights:

  • ISRO plans to launch Amazonia 1 of Brazil and 20 other Indian satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. 
  • The mission is known as PSLV-C51, the 53rd mission of PSLV. 
  • Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research.
  • Recently, space reforms have been brought and unlocked the potential of India in the space sector initiated by the Indian government.

As per a statement, in the first mission of the year 2021, plans have been made by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to launch Amazonia 1 of Brazil and 20 other Indian satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota at 10.23 am on February 28, subject to weather conditions.

The mission is known as PSLV-C51, the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). It is the first dedicated commercial mission of New Space India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space. This mission is being undertaken by NSIL as a part of a commercial arrangement with Spaceflight Inc. USA.

Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The Statement added, the satellite will be helping to strengthen the existing structure by providing users remote sensing data for screening deforest ration in the region of Amazon and analysis of diversified agriculture in the territory of Brazil. The 20 co-passenger satellites will be involving one from ISRO (INS-2TD), four from IN-SPACe (three UNITYsats from the consortium of three Indian academic institutes, and one Satish Dhawan satellite from Space Kidz India), and 15 from NSIL.

Last year, the chairperson of ISRO K Sivan had said that the next PSLV mission will be a special one for the nation. Recently, space reforms have been brought and unlocked the potential of India in the space sector initiated by the Indian government. Further, he added, “Now, the first satellite by a start-up called Pixxel India called Anand which is an Earth Observation Satellite will be launched on PSLV C51. Along with Anand, two more satellites under space reform are going to be launched, one by Space Kidz India and another by a university consortium called UnitySat.”

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