The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched PSLV-C51 rocket along with Brazilian Amazonia-1 as the primary satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Sunday. PSLV-C51 rocket, which is the 53rd mission of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) was launched with 18 co-passenger satellites.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1, which is the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), began at 08:54 hours on Saturday.
According to ISRO, PSLV-C51 launch is the first dedicated PSLV commercial for NSIL and third flight of PSLV-DL.
Apart from this, the launch created history by becoming the 78th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR.
The other 18 co-passenger satellites include four satellites from Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre, three UNITYsats from consortium of three Indian academic institutes and one Satish Dhawan Sat from Space Kidz India and remaining 14 from NSIL.
NSIL (NewSpace India Limited) is convening the mission under an arrangement with a US-based satellite rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight Inc.