A Brazilian satellite was launched for the first time on an Indian rocket from Sriharikota Spaceport on Sunday. It is also the first launch of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in the year 2021. Congratulating the Brazilian team after the launch, ISRO chief K Sivan said that in this mission, India and it feel proud to launch the first satellite designed, integrated by Brazil. He said that the satellite is in very good condition. They congratulate the Brazilian team.
The PSLV-C51 rocket is the 53rd mission of the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). It launched Brazil’s Amazonia-1 as the primary satellite and 18 co-passenger payloads from the first launchpad of Sriharikota Spaceport in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. For PSLV-C51 / Amazonia-1 mission, the blastoff was scheduled from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) Shar, Sriharikota at 10.24 am, with the countdown starting at 08.54 pm on Saturday.
#WATCH ISRO’s PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota pic.twitter.com/jtyQUYi1O0
– ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2021
These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Space Kids India (SKI) based in Chennai. A picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been placed on the top panel of this spacecraft. According to SKI, this is to show thanks to the Prime Minister’s self-reliant India campaign and space privatization and they are also sending the Bhagavad Gita in SD (Secured Digital) card.
PSLV-C51 / Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of ISRO’s commercial arm New Space India Limited (NSIL) in Bengaluru, under an agreement with US-based satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight Inc..