PSLV-C51 with Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites took off at 10:24 AM from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
About 17 minutes after takeoff and one minute after cutting off the PS4 motor, PSLV placed its primary payload – 637 kg weighing Amazonia-1 – in the sun's synchronous polar orbit.
& # 39; India and Isro feel extremely proud and honored to launch the Amazonia-1, the first satellite designed, integrated and operated by the National Institute for Space Research, Brazil. The satellite is in good health and the solar panels have been deployed, ”said Isro chairman K Sivan after PSLV put Amazonia-1 into orbit.
Marcos Cesar Pontes, Brazil's Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation who was present at the launch, said the satellite was the result of years of efforts by engineers from the National Institute for Space Research and the Brazilian Space Agency.
“The launch heralds a new era for the satellite industry and development in Brazil. This satellite has a very important mission for Brazil. It will follow the land and the Amazon. It represents a new era of the satellite industry and development in Brazil. This is an important step in the Brazil-India partnership that will grow up. We are going to work together a lot. It is the beginning of our strong relationship, ”he said.
After the Amazonia-1 was launched into orbit, the missile initiated a 54-minute freewheel phase before the upper stage engine restarted for the first time and stalled in nine seconds. The second freewheel phase would last 48 minutes before the second restart for eight seconds on PS4 and cut-off.
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About a minute later, PSLV would start placing the first of the remaining 18 satellites. In the next four minutes, the missile would put all satellites into orbit. The missile's journey would take two hours and eight minutes.
The 18 other satellites in the mission are Satish Dhawan SAT (SDSAT) built by Space Kidz India and UNITYsat, a combination of three satellites designed and built by three colleges – Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Coimbatore, JPR Institute of Technology in Sriperumbudur and GH Raisoni College of Engineering in Nagpur.
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The other satellites are: SindhuNetra, an Indian technology demonstration satellite, SAI-1 NanoConnect-2, a US technology demonstration satellite, and 12 SpaceBEEs satellites for two-way satellite communication and data transmission.
The launch was PSLV's 53rd flight and the launch vehicle's 78th mission from Sriharikota spaceport. The PSLV-C51 was also the third flight of the "DL" variant, meaning the missile was equipped with two sturdy strap-on boosters.
The PSLV-C51 / Amazonia-1 mission is the first dedicated commercial PSLV mission for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a government company under the Ministry of Space.
Isro said NSIL is operating the mission under a commercial agreement with Spaceflight Inc, USA. With this mission, Isro is said to have launched 342 foreign satellites from 34 countries.
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