Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite. This satellite is onboard the Polar Satellite Launch vehicle (PSLV) as a primary payload by August 2020. This satellite has been locally designed and tested in Brazil. It will be the first satellite for Earth observation, it will not be a hitchhiking satellite.
About Amazonia-1 satellite:
The Amazonia-1 satellite which PSLV will launch will help in monitoring and observing the deforestation of the Amazon region. With the recent fires in the Amazon region, the role of this satellite will be much more crucial for the countries. The images sent by the Brazilian satellite will also provide help in the vegetation and agricultural areas.
Space cooperation between India and Brazil:
India and Brazil signed the agreement of Cooperation in the 6th BRICS Summit in 2014 on setting up a Brazilian earth station to receive data from the Indian Remote Sensing Satellites(IRS) series.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru; Established: 1969.
- Capital of Brazil: Brasilia.
- President of Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro.
- Currency of Brazil: Brazilian Real.