Brazilian satellite destined to monitor the Amazon forests transported by air to India, to be part of the first launch of Isro in ’21 | India News
Amazonia-1, which will help monitor the ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest rainforest, will launch into space in February next year from the Sriharikota launch center and become part of the first satellite launch of the 2021 Indian Space Research Organization. Isro’s PSLV-C51 will not only launch the Amazonia-1 satellite, but also three private satellites built by Indian start-ups as secondary payloads.
Highlighting the importance of the upcoming first full commercial launch of 2021 involving satellites from desi startups, said Isro President K Sivan
that the “launch is part of the space reforms”, announced by the Cabinet of the Union a few months ago, that give impetus to the rope in the private sector in space exploration. Therefore, he said that “the PSLV-C51 mission is one of a kind and is special for us and for the whole country.” The other three privately built desi satellites are ‘ANAND’ from startup Pixel India, ‘SATISH SAT’ from Space Kids India and ‘UNIT-SAT’ from a consortium of universities.
Amazonia-1, which is Brazil’s first earth observation satellite developed indigenously by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the South American country’s main body for space research and exploration, was successfully transferred to Chennai from Brazil by Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates airline.
Although Emirates SkyCargo has experience in transporting satellites and other cargo developed for space technology, it said that “this was the first time it transported a satellite from South America” to the Indian subcontinent. In 2018, the carrier carried Khalifasat, the first satellite developed by Emirati engineers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, from Dubai to Seoul.
Although the Amazonia-1 satellite only weighed 700 kg, the satellite’s payload was quite heavy, weighing 22 tons. This was because the satellite was dismantled into various components to facilitate loading and unloading of the aircraft. The components of the satellite were packed in large containers to avoid damage during transport. Four members of the INPE team also traveled with the satellite to continuously monitor the status of cargo during the flight from Sao José dos Campos to Dubai and then to Chennai, according to a statement from Emirates SkyCargo.
On the three satellites built by Indian startups, Sivan, who on Wednesday obtained a one-year extension as secretary of the Space Department and chairman of the Space Commission until January 14, 2022, had previously said: “PSLV-C51 (mission) is going to start a new era of space reform in India and I am sure that these private individuals will take this activity further and provide services for the whole country. “The measure to allow private actors in space exploration continues Modi’s Cabinet decision in June 2020, allowing private sector participation in the full range of space activities, including interplanetary missions.