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PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch by NSIL

Published: 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.

About NSIL

  • 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. 

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