Isro 2021 space odyssey begins with 19 satellites, e-Gita, Modi’s image

Isro 2021 space odyssey begins with 19 satellites, e-Gita, Modi's image

The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) made its first launch in 2021 with great fanfare on Sunday. It successfully launched into space the polar satellite launch vehicle, PSLV-C51, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, SHAR, Sriharkota, carrying 19 payloads: Amazonia-1 of 637 kg from Brazil (its main passenger) more 18 co-passenger satellites.

One of these satellites also carried an electronic copy of the Bhagavad Gita, recorded on an SD card, along with a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi engraved on its panel.

Launched at 10:24 a.m., this was the first trade mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the trading arm of Isro.

After a flight of approximately 17 minutes, the vehicle injected Amazonia-1 into its intended orbit, and within 1 hour 38 minutes, all 18 co-passenger satellites were successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence.

Amazonia-1 is the Earth observation optical satellite of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite will provide remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analyzing …

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