India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) rocket loaded with 19 satellites from Brazil, USA and India lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota successfully at the precise timing at 10.24 this morning.
After four stages of separation, the rocket launched Brazil’s 637 kilogram Amazonia 1 satellite, its primary passenger.
Later after a gap of more than an hour it launched the remaining 18 passenger satellites. This is the first commercial mission of New space India limited.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
Speaking after witnessing the launch, former astronaut and Minister for Science and technology of Brazil Marcos Caeser Portes expressed happiness at the launch today. He said that Brazil is looking forward to work with India in the space field.
The CMD of New Space India G.Narayanan told that when the rest of the world was reeling under the cloud of Corona, Indian space sector awoke to the new launch of the year 2021.
ISRO chairman Dr. Sivan said that Amazonia was launched at the precise orbit. He said that ISRO was extremely proud, honoured and happy to launch the satellite designed, integrated and operated by Brazil for the first time.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have congratulated NSIL and ISRO on the success of Amazonia-1 Mission.
Source: News On Air