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ISRO successfully launches Brazil's Amazonia 1 satellite, along with 18 other passenger satellites

ISRO successfully launches Brazil's Amazonia 1 satellite, along with 18 other passenger satellites

Context

India today successfully launched  Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) rocket loaded with 19 satellites from Brazil, USA and India.

Details

  • India's first space mission for 2021 is one of the longest for a PSLV rocket which concluded in an hour, 55 minutes and 7 seconds into its flight.
  • Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
  • After four stages of separation, the rocket launched  Brazil's 637 kilogram Amazonia 1 satellite as its primary passenger and later after a gap of more than an hour it launched the remaining 18 passenger satellites. 
  • This is the first commercial mission of New space India limited.

About Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)

  • It  is the third generation launch vehicle of India.
  • It is a four-staged launch vehicle with first and third stage using solid rocket motors and second and fourth stages using liquid rocket engines.
  • It is the first Indian launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.

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