New satellite will take photo of Bhagwad Geeta and PM Modi (File Photo)
New Delhi: As part of its first mission for the year 2021, India’s space agency ISRO (ISRO) will launch the Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and 20 other satellites on 28 February. One of these satellites is manufactured by an Indian startup. While this mission is very special in another way. In fact, in this mission, the picture of Bhagwad Geeta, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the names of 25,000 people will be taken to space by Satish Dhawan Satellite or SD SAT. ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Lab of the country to promote science, mathematics, space education
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the launch will be done through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-51 at 10.23 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, 100 km from Chennai. However, the launch time will depend on the weather conditions.
PSLV C-51 / Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a company under the Department of Space, Government of India. NSIL carries out this mission with SPACEFLITE Inc. Performing under commercial agreement with USA.
Amazonia-1 is the Earth Monitoring Optical Satellite of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Along with this, 20 other satellites launched are ‘Anand’, ‘Satish Dhawan satellite’ and ‘UnitySat’.
‘Anand’ has been built by Indian space startup, Pixel and ‘Satish Dhawan Satellite’ has been created by Chennai based Space Kids India. Space Kidz is an organization that is preparing young scientists for the country. It is spreading interest among children by increasing interest in science. The satellite has been named Satish Dhawan to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the Indian rocket scientist.
Dr Srimathy Kesan, the founding CEO of SpaceKidz India said, “There is a lot of excitement in the group right now. This will be our first satellite to be deployed in space. While finalizing the mission, we had asked people for their names to be sent to space. Within a week of which we got the names of 25,000 people. 1,000 of these names were sent by people from outside India. We decided to do this because it would increase people’s interest in missions and space science. “
‘UnitySat’ is a combination of three satellites which is a joint venture of Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, GH Raisoni College of Engineering and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan had earlier said that this mission is a special mission for the entire country and it is the beginning of a ‘new era’ of reform in the space sector. He said in December last year that two more communications satellites are being planned to be launched by the Space Kids team in 2021.