In its first mission of 2021, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch Amazonia 1 of Brazil and 20 other Indian satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)The mission is called PSLV-C51, the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). 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. NSIL is undertaking this mission as part of a commercial arrangement with 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 statement added.
INDIA’S FIRST PRIVATE EARTH IMAGINING SATELLITE NOT TO LAUNCH ON FEBRUARY 28
India’s first space launch mission for the year — PSLV-C51 scheduled for February 28 will not be launching the country’s first private Earth imaging satellite with Bengaluru based startup Pixxel drawing it’s satellite due to technical issues.
“Due to certain software issues that surfaced during the final satellite testing, we have decided not to proceed with our launch. Given the time and effort that has gone into makingthe satellite, it did not make sense to rush a satellite to launch in which we do not have complete confidence at this time.