Amazônia 1 & Others

Launch Time
Sun Feb 28, 2021 04:54 UTC

Flight C51.


Status: Active
Liftoff Thrust: 5,867 kN
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 44.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 3.2 m
Fairing Height: 8.3 m

Mission Details

Amazônia 1

Amazônia 1, formerly designated SSR (Satélite de Sensoriamento Remoto), will be the first satellite of land resources entirely developed by Brazil.

In the early 1990s, the design of SSR satellites, Amazônia-1 precursor, was revised and INPE technicians proposed replacing the polar orbit with an equatorial orbit, and this proposal was accepted. That made sense at that time as Brazil already had coverage by polar orbit with the CBERS satellites.

The SSR-1 of the project suffered several delays start, either by lack of resources, whether by barriers in the disputes of the bids. The effective start, only occurred in 2001 when a contract was signed for the development of a multi-mission platform specifically (at the time) for this purpose.

In 2001, a joint study between the INPE and DLR was published, which found that most of the SSR-1 requirements can be met by two sensors: the Camera VIS / NIR and other MIR However, with the publication PNAE review in 2005, the SSR-1 ceased to be a priority.

The Amazônia-1 will carry an optical instrument called AWFI, operating in the visible and near-infrared band, with a spatial resolution of 40 meters and a swath of around 780 kilometers.

Besides that, an agreement signed between Brazil, represented by INPE, and the United Kingdom by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), will permit to include the English Camera RALCAM-3, with resolution order of 10 m, which will complement the image collected by AWFI.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 637.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Other payloads will be rideshared on this flight:
- SpaceBEE 76 to 87
- SAI-1 Nanoconnect-2
- Satish Dhawan Sat for Space Kidz India
- Sindhu Netra
- UnitySat (x3)

Payloads: 18
Total Mass: 22.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


First Launch Pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India



16th orbital launch attempt

Indian Space Research Organisation

78th mission
1st mission of 2021
65th successful mission
16th consecutive successful mission


53rd mission
1st mission of 2021
50th successful mission
12th consecutive successful mission