ScienceAmazonia-1: ISRO PSLV-C51 successfully lifts off, First dedicated commercial launch of PSLV

Amazonia-1: ISRO PSLV-C51 successfully lifts off, First dedicated commercial launch of PSLV

ISRO PSLV-C51 first dedicated commercial mission
PSLV-C51 lifts off successfully (Photo:- ISRO)

In an first dedicated commercial satellite launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO successfully launched PSLV-C51 with 19 commercial payload at 1024 hrs IST.

PSLV-C51 is the 53rd mission of PSLV and Amazonia-1 of Brazil is the primary satellite of the launch vehicle along with 18 Co-passenger satellites. The rocket lifts off from First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

This is a special mission of PSLV as it for the first time ISRO conducted a full dedicated commercial launch. Generally PSLV used to carry a National Satellite as its primary payload and then other Commercial Satellite to fully utilize the rocket.

Amazonia-1, which is the primary payload of Launch vehicle 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.

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.

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) is a Government of India company under Department of Space. NSIL is undertaking this mission under a commercial arrangement with Spaceflight Inc. USA.

Unfortunately, the first Satellite from Pixxel Space is missed the ride due to certain software issues that surfaced during the final satellite testing.

Pixxel is an Indian tech startup, aims to building a constellation of earth imaging small satellite capable in providing Global coverage to detect, monitor and predict global phenomenal in real time. The first of their Anand series Satellite was earlier schedule to launch from PSLV-C51.

Aditya Raj
Writer & Co-founder of InfotOnline.

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