NEW DELHI, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- India's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday launched one Brazil satellite and 18 co-passenger satellites from its launching centre in south India's Andhra Pradesh state, confirmed an official statement.
The launching vehicle "PSLV-C51" carrying Brazil's primary satellite "Amazonia-1" and 18 other satellites took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region, and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.
PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of New Space India Limited (NSIL), a central public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Space.
NSIL undertook this mission under a commercial arrangement with U.S. company Spaceflight.
The 18 co-passenger satellites include four from IN-SPACe (three UNITYsats from consortium of three Indian academic institutes and One Satish Dhawan Sat from Space Kidz India) and 14 from NSIL, said an ISRO press release.