New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched Amazonia-1 Satellite which created a good mark in the space cooperation between the two countries, India and Brazil that began two decades ago, officials said.
Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes and the Heads of Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) and the National Institute of Space Research (NISR) launched the Amazonia-1 satellite at Sriharikota on Sunday.
Brazilian Ambassador Andre Aranha Correa do Lago told The Hindu, “This confirms the infinite potential of the India-Brazil partnership to overcome our development challenges through high technology.”
He further added that the new satellite (Amazonia-1) launched would “open the door for multiple business and governmental opportunities” and help “fulfil the environmental commitments of the Brazilian government” towards the Amazon rainforest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the launch a “historic moment” in India-Brazil space cooperation.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said that the launch of the new satellite which is full Brazilian would help to monitor Amazon forests will be declared to be an increasing investment, in the field of Science and Education.
Both the countries have formed a unique bond by supporting each other’s satellites and the use of each other’s ground stations. The Brazilian earth stations Alcantara and Cuiaba do tracking for India’s Chandrayaan- 1 & 2 missions and the 2013 Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission.
Both the countries are part of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-China-India-South Africa) cooperation on building a ‘Virtual Constellation of Remote Sensing Satellites’ in order to share remote sensing satellite data, an official note said.
India has begun preparations for hosting BRICS Summit, later this year. If the Summit is held in person, then the leaders of China, Russia and South Africa are likely to visit again along with President Bolsonaro.