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Isro is likely to launch a rocket dedicated to private satellites on February 28 | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) will launch a rocket carrying only private satellites, including three satellites made by Indian start-ups, from Sriharikota on February 28. The PSLV-C51, whose main payload will be developed in Brazil The Amazonia-1 satellite will be launched from the first launch pad, sources said.
The president of Isro, K Sivan, has described the upcoming launch of the PSLV, dedicated to private satellites, “as part of the space reforms”, which aim to increase the participation of private companies in the space sector.
Amazonia-1, which Brazil took eight years to develop to monitor the Amazon rainforest ecosystem, has already landed at the Sriharikota launch center via Chennai from the South American country. Four members of the team from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, which developed Amazonia-1, also traveled with the satellite to supervise its successful launch.
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.
On the three satellites built by Indian start-ups, Sivan had said: “The PSLV-C51 (mission) is going to start a new era of space reform in India and I am confident 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 follows the decision of Modi’s Cabinet in June 2020, allowing the participation of the private sector in the full range of space activities, including interplanetary missions.

Times of India