ISRO First Launch of 2021: PSLV-C51, Amazonia-1 & How India’s Satellite Missed the Launch

ISRO recently launched its 53rd mission of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (IPSLV) program named PSLV-C51. The launch took place on February 28, 2021, in Sriharikota. ISRO’s central satellite launching station. It kicked off at 04:54 (UTC) / 10:24 (IST).

Why was the Launch Delayed?

The primary satellite Amazonia-1 was successfully launched into the Earth’s intended orbit. But initially, this was the primary satellite. The primary of these satellites called Anand. And was gathered to be on the PSLV-C51 rocket that lifted off from the station. Due to some technical and software issues during testing, the satellite was dismissed.

Originally the launch date was February 22nd but shifted to February 28th. But resulting in the delay of the PSLV-C51 mission, the company Pixxel India even dropped a statement saying.

ISRO First Launch of 2021: PSLV-C51, Amazonia-1 & How India's Satellite Missed the Launch

“Given the time and effort that has gone into making the satellite. So it did not make sense to rush a satellite to launch. In which we do not have complete confidence at this time. We have thus decided to push our launch by a few weeks, re-evaluate the satellite software. And test it rigorously over the next few weeks as we look for the next closest launch opportunity,”


India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 successfully launched Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites. Because it included SDSat and three UnitySats (JITsat, GHRCEsat, Sri Shakthi Sat), etc.

After a flight of around 17 minutes 23 seconds, the vehicle infused the Amazonia-1 into its aiming orbit. Within the succeeding 1 hour 38 minutes, all the 18 co-passenger satellites effectively isolated from the PSLV in a foreordained manner.

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 ISRO First Launch of 2021: PSLV-C51, Amazonia-1 & How India's Satellite Missed The Launch

Amazonia-1 is the primary devoted commercial mission of NewSpace India Restricted (NSIL). A Government of India company beneath the Department of Space.

But, it is the optical Earth satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). And this satellite would assist the existing structure by giving further detecting information to clients. So, for observing deforestation within the Amazon locale and investigation of expanded horticulture over the Brazilian domain.

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