In this news, we discuss the PSLV-C51 launch to reiterate foreign agencies’ confidence in PSLV.
The PSLV-C51-Amazonia-1 mission, the first launch of 2021 from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota at 10:24 a.m. on February 28, 2021, bodes well for India-Brazil relations. It is also the first commercial launch of New Space India Limited (NSIL).
NSIL undertakes this mission under a trade agreement with Spaceflight Inc of the United States. The PSLV-C51 will launch the Amazonia-1 as the main satellite along with other satellites. He reaffirms the confidence of foreign agencies in the PSLV.
“This is reiteration proof that foreign agencies are choosing the PSLV as their first choice to get into orbit even after the pandemic. Amazonia-1 is an Earth observation satellite that attempts to travel to synchronous solar orbit and PSLV does the job with the greatest precision for that orbit. This is also an important launch for India as it shows the hard work that allowed for a smooth transition to allow NSIL to pave the way for opening commercial access to space ” said Rohan M. Ganapathy, CEO and CTO of Bellatrix.
Amazonia is an Earth observation optical satellite fully designed, integrated, tested and operated by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) of Brazil. The Amazonia mission will provide remote sensing data for the monitoring of deforestation in the Amazon region and the analysis of diversified agriculture in the Brazilian territory. Amazonia-1 has a mass of 637 kg and has a wide-field imaging camera. It is equipped with lithium-ion batteries and two solar panels. His mission life should be more more than four years.
Besides the main satellite, there are co-passenger satellites, including Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT), a nano satellite built by Space Kidz India intended to study radiation levels, space weather and has the ability to demonstrate communication technologies. at long range. Then there is UNITYsat, a combination of three satellites jointly developed by the Jeppiar Institute of Technology Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, GH Raisoni College of Engineering in Nagpur, Maharashtra and Shri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. This satellite will provide radio relay services. In addition, among others, there are satellite SPACE BEEs from the United States.
“The mission is important because this is the first commercial launch of NSIL and all payloads are either commercial or academic. The mission is also special because the main Amazonia payload is an Earth observation satellite of Brazil and it will strengthen the relations between Brazil and India, two BRICS countries ”, observed Prateep Basu, founder and CEO of SatSure. Analytics.
However, according to reports, the first “Anand” satellite from startup Indian Space Pixxel has encountered some software issues and will not be part of the payload. Even ISRO’s INS-2DT nano satellite will also not be part of the mission as it too has faced some technical issues and will not perform the flight.
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Launch of the PSLV-C51 to reiterate the confidence of foreign agencies in the PSLV
PSLV-C51-Amazonia-1 is the first commercial launch of New Space India Ltd