- Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 is scheduled to be launched today at 10.24 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre
- ISRO will also launch 18 other co-passenger satellites along with Amazonia-1 from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 is scheduled to be launched today at 10.24 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
In its first mission of the year 2021, ISRO will also launch 18 other co-passenger satellites along with Amazonia-1 from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C51), ISRO said.
PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space. The NSIL is undertaking this mission under a commercial arrangement with US-based launch services and mission management provider Spaceflight Inc. Also Read: India plans sustained human presence in space with proper framework
The 637-kg Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the research unit of Brazil’s ministry of science. 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.
The 18 co-passenger satellites are Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI) and the UNITYSat which is a the combination of three satellites, designed and built as a joint development initiative by Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, (JITsat), G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCESat) and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat). These satellites are intended for providing Radio relay services, a statement released by ISRO said. Also Read: NASA’s Mars Mission: First robotic rover ‘Perseverance’ successfully lands on Red Planet
After this, the ISRO will gear up to launch its geo imaging satellite GISAT-1. The launch of GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 rocket was originally planned in March last year, but was postponed a day before the blast-off due to technical reasons.According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate near real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free condition, at frequent intervals.