If everything goes according to plan, India’s rocket will depart from Sriharikota Space Center on Sunday carrying the satellite of Brazil for the first time. This is the first launch of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 2021. The time to launch the rocket from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR is 10:24 am on February 28, depending on the weather conditions.
The countdown for PSLV-C51 / Amazonia-1 mission started at 8.45 am on Saturday morning. ISRO said in a statement that PSLV-C51 is the 53rd mission of PSLV. This rocket will also send 18 other satellites into space along with Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite. The rocket will be launched from Sriharikota, about 100 km from Chennai. These satellites include Satish Dhawan SAT (SD SAT) of Chennai’s Space Kids India (SKI). The top panel of this spacecraft has a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi engraved on it.
SKI said this is to express solidarity and gratitude for his (Prime Minister’s) self-reliant initiative and space privatization. SKI is also sending Bhagavad Gita to SD (secure digital) card. It is also a special day for ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). ISRO is headquartered in Bangalore. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C51 / Amazonia-1 is NSIL’s first dedicated commercial mission to be launched under the commercial management of Seattle’s satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceplight Inc. in the US.
NSIL Chairman and Managing Director G Narayan said, “We are eagerly waiting for the launch.” It is a matter of pride for us to launch the first satellite built in Brazil. The Amazonia-1 weighing 637 kg is the first Brazilian satellite to be launched from India. It is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Space Research Institute (INPI).
Regarding Amazonia-1, ISRO said in a statement that the satellite will provide remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diverse agriculture in the Brazilian region and further strengthen the existing infrastructure. The launch will be telecast live on ISRO’s website, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels.