The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will start up the Brazilian Amazonia-1 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday. The countdown for the liftoff began on Saturday.
This is the first mission of ISRO in the year 2021. It is expected to take place today at 10.24 a.m., as per ISRO.
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These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI). A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been engraved on the top panel of this spacecraft. “This is to show solidarity and gratitude for his (PM’s) Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatisation,” said SKI, which is also sending up “Bhagavad Gita” in SD (secured digital) card.
Including the Amazonia-1, 18 other satellites would also be onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C51). According to the recent ISRO update on today’s launch, the oxidizer filling for the second phase of the PSLV rocket has been accomplished.
PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first devoted commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), an Indian government company under the Department of Space. The NSIL undergoes this mission under a commercial agreement in place with the U.S.-based satellite launches and mission management supplier Spaceflight Inc.
The 637-kg Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the research unit of the Ministry of Science of Brazil. This satellite will further enhance the current framework by supplying remote sensing data for subscribers to supervise deforestation in the Amazon region and to scrutinise varied agriculture throughout the territory of Brazil.
ISROs PSLV lifts off with Brazils Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites from Satish Dhawan space centre in Andhra Pradeshs Srihatikota on Sunday.
The 18 co-passenger satellites are Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI) and the UNITYSat which is a the combination of three satellites, designed and built as a joint development initiative by Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, (JITsat), G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCESat) and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat). These satellites are intended for providing Radio relay services, a statement released by ISRO said.
After this, the ISRO will gear up to launch its geo imaging satellite GISAT-1. The launch of GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 rocket was originally planned for March five last year, but was postponed a day before the blast-off due to technical reasons.
According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate near real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free condition, at frequent intervals.