The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday (February 25) announced that Brazil’s primary satellite Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passenger satellites onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C51) are all set to be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Sriharikota Range (SHAR) on February 28.
“PSLV-C51, which is the 53rd mission of PSLV, will launch Amazonia-1 of Brazil as primary satellite and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1024 Hrs IST on February 28, 2021, subject to weather conditions,” the space agency said.
Launch rehearsal of #PSLVC51 completed today. Launch scheduled at 1024 hrs IST on February 28, 2021.
— ISRO (@isro) February 25, 2021
ISRO also announced that PSLV-C51 successfully completed its launch rehearsal on Thursday as well.
The PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). The organisation is also undertaking this mission with a commercial arrangement with the Spaceflight Inc. USA.
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.
The 18 co-passenger satellites include four from IN-SPACe (three UNITYsats from consortium of three Indian academic institutes and One Satish Dhawan Sat from Space Kidz India) and 14 from NSIL.