Bhubaneswar, Feb 28: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of PSLVC-51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites.
Taking to Twitter the CM said: “Congratulate @ISRO on the successful launch of #PSLVC51 carrying Amazonia-1 & 18 Co-passenger satellites. This achievement will further cement India’s reputation in the field of space research.”
India on Sunday morning successfully placed into orbit 19 satellites including Brazil’s earth observation satellite Amazonia-1-the primary passenger-in a text book style.
The multiple satellite launch space mission that lasted just under two hours was one of the longest for PSLV.
At 10.24 a.m. on a bright Sunday morning the 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C51 rocket blasted off from the first launch pad here laden with 14 foreign and five Indian satellites slowly rose-up towards the skies with thick orange flame at its tail.
The rocket slowly gained speed as it went up while emitting a rolling thunder sound.
Seventeen minutes into its flight the rocket first slung its primary passenger, the Brazil’s Amazonia-1 into its intended Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
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, ISRO said.
India’s first space mission for 2021 is one of the longest for a PSLV rocket. It took about 1 hour and 55 minutes to complete the mission.
With this successful mission India has slung a total of 342 foreign satellites into orbit, all for a fee.
The rocketing is a fully commercial one of NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL).
The 18 co-passenger satellites include four from India’s IN-SPACe (three UNITYsats from consortium of three Indian academic institutes (Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore) and Satish Dhawan Sat from Space Kidz India) with an engraved picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Bhagavad Gita in a flash.
The remaining 14 satellites are Sindhu Netra, an Indian technology demonstration satellite from Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO) research centre Imarat, Hyderabad to identify suspicious ships and 13 satellites from the US viz., SAI-1 NanoConnect-2, a technology demonstration satellite and 12 SpaceBees satellites for two-way satellite communications and data relay.
(With IANS Input)