PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch by NSIL
Science & Technology
8th Mar, 2021
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 successfully launched Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
What is Amazonia-1?
- Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
- This satellite will provide remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.
Key-highlights of the launch
- The 18 co-passenger satellites onboard PSLV-C51 includes four from IN-SPACe and fourteen from NSIL.
- The fourteen satellites from NSIL carried were the commercial satellites from India (1) and USA (13).
- This was the 78th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
The Launch Vehicle
- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is the third generation launch vehicle of India.
- It is the first Indian launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.
- After its first successful launch in October 1994, PSLV emerged as the reliable and versatile workhorse launch vehicle of India.
- PSLV-C51 is the 53rd flight of PSLV and 3rd flight of PSLV in 'DL' configuration (with 2 strap-on motors).
- Also, with this current launch, the total number of customer satellites from foreign countries placed in orbit by PSLV is 342 satellites from 34 countries.
- PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of New Space India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under Department of Space.
- It was established in 2019 under the administrative control of Department of Space and the Company Act 2013.