Kohima, February 28 (NEx): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched Amazonia-1 satellite, along with 18 other co-passenger satellites onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) from first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today.
PSLV-C51 Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated PSLV commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a government of India company under Department of Space, lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota successfully at 10.24 am on Sunday morning.
‘Mission accomplished’ – tweets ISRO after the primary satellite Amazonia-1 and all Co-passenger satellites successfully separated from PSLV-C51.
The 637 kg Amazonia-1, primary satellite is an optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the first Brazilian satellite launched from India.
The 18 co-passenger satellites include, four from ISRO’s Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (three UNITY sats from consortium of three Indian academic institutes and the SD SAT from SKI) and 14 from NSIL.
PM Modi congratulates NSIL and ISRO:
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated NSIL and ISRO on the success of the 1st dedicated commercial launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 Mission.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Congratulations to NSIL and ISRO on the success of the 1st dedicated commercial launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 Mission. This ushers in a new era of Space reforms in the country. 18 co-passengers included four small satellites that showcase dynamism and innovation of our youth.”
In another tweet, Prime Minister congratulated the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro on the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by PSLV-C51.