India’s Next Pride ISRO Launches PSLV – C51 | Successfully completed Rehearsal Today. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 is planned to be launched at 04:54 (UTC) / 10:24 (IST) on 28 February 2021 with the main payload from Brazil, INPE’s Amazônia-1 and 18 other ride-sharing small satellites.
This will be the first dedicated commercial launch executed by NSIL. This mission was among those mentioned in the 2021 Union Budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
PSLV C51 will be the 53rd mission of PSLV. This would be the first mission for ISRO in 2021 and 78th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR.
The PSLV is 44-metre-high and has four stages with six strap-on booster motors on to the first stage that gives it’s a higher thrust during the initial flight moments.
ISRO has developed and used different PSLV variants, including ones with either two or four strap-on motors, or the Core Alone variant without any strap-on motors.
PSLV C50, had successfully launched India’s communication satellite CMS – 01 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, on December 17,2020.
About INPE’s Amazonia-1
It is an Optical earth observation satellite and it is designed, integrated, tested and operated by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Three visible frequency bands and wide view optical camera and one near – infrared band are placed on the Amazonia – 1.
Amazonia-1 will be used to provide remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.
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