NSIL’s maiden launch vehicle successfully places Brazilian satellite into orbit
Eight months after India approved extensive reforms in the space sector, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 successfully launched Brazil’s Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites on February 28 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.
This was the first dedicated commercial launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s commercial arm, NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) after the public sector entity was formed in March last year.
PSLV-C51 lifted off from the first launch pad of SDSC SHAR at 1024 hours (IST) as planned. After a flight of about 17 minutes, the vehicle injected Amazonia-1 into its intended orbit and in the subsequent 1 hour 38 minutes, all the co-passenger satellites successfull