The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) “successfully” launched Amazonia-1 satellite of Brazil in its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C51 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday. “I am extremely happy to declare that PSLV C51 successfully launched the Amazonia-1 into its precise orbit today. In this mission, India and ISRO feel proud, honoured and happy to launch the first satellite designed and operated by Brazil. My heartiest congratulations to them for this achievement,” ISRO chief K Sivan said after the launch.

PSLV C51 has placed Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites into the orbit. A Government of India company called NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) planed and executed the commercial mission of PSLV C51/Amazonia-1. Spaceflight Inc., an America-based launch and mission management company, has helped the NSIL with commercial arrangement of the mission.

The weight of Amazonia-1 is 637 kg and it will observe the earth with an optical view. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) manufactured the satellites in association with Brazil’s ministry of science research unit. This satellite would provide remote sensing data for monitoring the deforestation in Amazon and diversified agriculture state across the territory of Brazil.

The Times of India quoted Brazil’s minister of science, technology and innovation, Marcos Cesar Pontes, as saying: “The launch represents a new era for Brazil satellite industry and development. This satellite has a very important mission for Brazil. It will monitor the country and the Amazon. It represents a new era of the Brazil satellite industry and development. This is one important step in the partnership between Brazil and India that is going to grow up. We are going to work together a lot. It is the beginning of our strong relationship.”