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O brazilian satellite Amazonia 1 was successfully launched into space. The launch took place at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on the island of Sriharikota in India. This is the first satellite made entirely in Brazil to enter orbit.

The launch took place as expected: at 1:54 am (Brasília time), the rocket called “Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle” (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV) was launched on the PSLV-C51 mission, transporting both the Amazon 1 from Brazil with another 18 satellites.

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O brazilian satellite it took 17 minutes after launch to detach itself from the rocket and begin its activities, including the processes of opening the solar panel, stabilizing the orientation towards the Earth, and checking systems.

The Indian rocket PSLV-C51, already on the launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. Image: ISRO

Amazon 1 will monitor deforestation

The main objective of Amazônia 1 is to assist in monitoring deforestation in the Amazon. It will be one of the pieces of equipment that will form the Deter observation system as part of the Amazon Mission. The satellite is expected to start taking photos of the Earth from space five days after stabilizing in orbit.

Amazonia 1 will be the third Brazilian remote sensing satellite and should work together with CBERS-4 and CBERS-4A, developed in partnership with China. The Amazon Mission also plans to launch two more satellites: Amazonia-1B and Amazonia-2.

"The Amazon Mission will consolidate Brazil's knowledge in the integral development of a space mission using satellites stabilized on three axes, since the previous remote sensing satellites were developed in cooperation with other countries," said the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) ), in a note.

The town of INPE