Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) first launch of 2021, PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Sunday morning.
ISRO launches PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota pic.twitter.com/3bInFiKhje— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2021
PSLV-C51 rocket, which is the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), launched the Amazonia-1 of Brazil as primary satellite and 18 co-passenger payloads from the first launch pad of the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, about 100 kms from Chennai. These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI).
A picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been engraved on the top panel of this spacecraft.
"This is to show solidarity and gratitude for his (PM's) Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatisation", said SKI, which is also sending up "Bagavad Gita" in SD (secured digital) card.