Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passenger satellites are carried by PSLV-C51.
It is the first commercial mission of NSIL.
For the first time, an Indian rocket has launched a Brazilian Satellite from Sriharikota spaceport in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the first launch of 2021 by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
The name of the satellite is Amazonia-1. PSLV-CS1/ Amazonia-1 is the first commercial mission of Newspace India Limited (NSIL), which is a Government of India company under Department of Space. It is undertaking it under the arrangement with US based Satellite rideshare and mission management provider spaceflight Inc.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation Satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 carried Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites that lifted from Satish Dhawan Centre, Sariharikota. These 18 co-passenger satellites include four from IN-SPACe [1 from Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI) and three from UNITYsats from consortium of three Indian Academic Institutes] and 14 from NSIL.
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 Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatization,” said SKI.