PSLV-C51 successfully launches Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota

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Frst dedicated launch for NSIL

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 successfully launched Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites today (February 28, 2021) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

PSLV-C51 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR at 10:24 hours (IST) as planned. After a flight of about 17 minutes 23 seconds, the vehicle injected the Amazonia-1 into its intended orbit and in the succeeding 1 hour 38 minutes, all the 18 co-passenger satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence.

Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of 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 NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under Department of Space.

The 18 co-passenger satellites onboard PSLV-C51 includes four from IN-SPACe and fourteen from NSIL. Out of 4 satellites from IN-SPACe, three were UNITYsats designed and built as a joint development by Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur (JITsat), G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCEsat) and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat) and one was Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) from Space Kidz India. The fourteen satellites from NSIL carried were the commercial satellites from India (1) and USA (13).

PSLV-C51 is the 53rd flight of PSLV and 3rd flight of PSLV in ‘DL’ configuration (with 2 strap-on motors). This was the 78th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

With Sunday’s launch, the total number of customer satellites from foreign countries placed in orbit by PSLV is 342 satellites from 34 countries.

Space Sector reforms, Indian startups, ISRO and Pixxel

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Newsroom24x7 had conducted investigation and found out that Pixxel Space Technologies, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and was incorporated in 2019. All its data downloading and dissemination facilities are in USA or some other country but not in India. We had reported this, when ISRO and more particularly K Sivan, Secretary Department of Space and ISRO chairman, had announced that the PSLV C51 mission (Taking off on Sunday) is a special mission as it will launch a satellite from Pixxel Space called Anand from its Firefly fleet of earth observation satellites.

On the launch of communication satellite ‘CMS-01’ onboard PSLV-C50 on 17 December 2020 from Sriharikota, the ISRO Chairman had announced that the upcoming PSLV-C51 mission will be fruition of the space reforms recently introduced in the country.”

Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, DOS as Chief Guest inaugurated Pixxel’s office at Bangalore on 20 January in.

Addressing scientists from the Mission Control Centre after the successful launch of communication satellite ”CMS-01”, Sivan had said: “The first satellite ‘ANAND’ from a start-up called Pixxel India, is going to be launched.”

Point to be noted is that within days of Pixxel entering into a formal collaboration with NewSpace India Limited, ISRO had created hyperbole around the announcement that Pixxel’s first satellite Anand will be launched in its PSLV-C51.

The objection we had raised was that Anand -the Pixxel satellite – was being launched through ISRO’s PSLV C51 at a subsidised cost on the pretext of encouraging an Indian startup under the Policy reforms for the Space Sector introduced by the Indian Government.

After our exclusive news story was published and days before the scheduled launch of PSLV C51 on Sunday 28 February, Pixxel announced that they were calling off the launch of their satellite for now due to technical reasons.

Subsequent investigation by Newsroom24x7 to establish that Pixxel is a company incorporated in the US has revealed that Awais Ahmed Nadeem  Alduri, CEO Pixxel  Space  Technlogies, Inc. (“Pixxel”) had submitted under 15 C.F.R. § 960.5(b),  the following license Public Summary of the private remote-sensing spacecraft license that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (“NESDIS”) issued Pixxel on March 20, 2020 (Pixxel PX2019Public  Summary of Private  Remote L1).

The mailing address and telephone number of the licensee Pixxel Space Technologies, Inc. provided by the company was 3260 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA +1 (301) 379 4511  https://pixxel.space  and its and affiliate or subsidiary was  Syzygy Space Technologies Private Limited 677, 1st Floor, 13th Cross Road,  27th Main Rd, 1st Sector,  HSR Layout, Bengaluru,  Karnataka, 560102, India  +91 96119 47866.

The relevant NESDIS license authorizes Pixxel to operate a private electro-optical hyperspectral Earth imaging satellite over which Pixxel will maintain operational control. The satellite is called Anand and the spacecraft will be in a sun synchronous orbit operating at an altitude of 530-600 km and 97-98 deg inclination. 

The name and address given by Pixxel for receiving mail and services provided to the US licensing authority was as follows:Ken Sunshine,  Chief Operating Officer,  Pixxel Space Technologies, Inc.  3260 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA +1 (301) 379 4511  ken@pixxel.space


Check: Pixxel-Public-Summary

Is it another Antrix-Devas like Scam in ISRO

https://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c51-amazonia-1/watch-live-launch-of-pslv-c51-amazonia-1

Election Commission announces Assembly election in 4 States and 1 Union Territory

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New Delhi: Election Commission of India on Friday 26 February announced the schedule for General election to the Legislative Assemblies of four States – Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengaland Union Territory of Puducherry.

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal: 

Poll EventsPhase-I (30 ACs)Phase-II (30 ACs)Phase-III (31 ACs)Phase-IV (44 ACs)Phase-V (45 ACs)Phase-VI (43 ACs)Phase-VII (36 ACs)Phase-VIII (35 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021(Tuesday)05.03.2021(Friday)12.03.2021(Friday)16.03.2021(Tuesday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)26.03.2021(Friday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021(Tuesday)12.03.2021(Friday)19.03.2021(Friday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)30.03.2021(Tuesday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)
Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021(Wednesday)15.03.2021(Monday)20.03.2021(Saturday)24.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)05.04.2021 (Monday)08.04.2021 (Thursday)08.04.2021(Thursday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021(Friday)17.03.2021(Wednesday)22.03.2021(Monday)26.03.2021(Friday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)12.04.2021(Monday)12.04.2021(Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021(Saturday)01.04.2021(Thursday)06.04.2021(Tuesday)10.04.2021(Saturday)17.04.2021(Saturday)22.04.2021(Thursday)26.04.2021(Monday)29.04.2021(Thursday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Assam: 

Poll EventsPhase-I (47 ACs)Phase-II (39 ACs)Phase-III (40 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021 (Tuesday)05.03.2021 (Friday)12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021 (Tuesday)12.03.2021 (Friday)19.03.2021 (Friday)
 Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021 (Wednesday)15.03.2021 (Monday)20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021 (Friday)17.03.2021 (Wednesday)22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021 (Saturday)01.04.2021 (Thursday)06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Kerala: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 140 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the LegislativeAssembly of Puducherry: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 30 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 234 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Congress for Reservation for Muslims in Maharashtra

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Congress’ parliamentary committee earlier this week passed a resolution in support of Muslim and Maratha reservation in the state. 

This resolution was passed at the Maharashtra Congress Parliamentary Committee meeting on Tuesday 23 February. It was presided by state Congress president Nana Patole. Party’s state in-charge HK Patil was present.

A year ago, Maharashtra Minister for Minorities Nawab Malik had said the state government was going to table a bill providing 5% reservation for the Muslim community. This was countered by his cabinet colleague from the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde, who had gone in record stating that the government had ‘not taken any such decision yet’.