India and Brazil open new chapter in space sector cooperation with launch of Amazonia-1

India and Brazil open new chapter in space sector cooperation with launch of Amazonia-1

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), on its first mission of 2021, on Sunday successfully launched the Brazilian Amazonia-1 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, marking a chapter in the space sector partnership between New Delhi and Brasilia.

Amazonia-1 is the first Earth observation satellite to be fully designed, integrated, tested and operated by Brazil. The satellite will provide remote sensing imagery to observe and monitor deforestation, especially in the Amazon region, as well as to monitor diverse agriculture across the country. Marcos Pontes, Minister of Science & Technology and Innovation of Brazil (former Brazilian Air Force test pilot and first Brazilian astronaut in space) witnessed the launch, following an invitation from India.

Amazonia-1 is an optical Earth observation satellite from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil. It is the first satellite fully designed, integrated, tested and operated by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in Brazil.

The Amazonia-1 mission will strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users …

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