12 Nov 2022

India’s First Privately Built Rocket ‘Vikram-S’ To Hit Space On November 15

Sriharikota: India’s first privately developed rocket ‘Vikram-S’ will be launched with three payloads on November 15 from ISRO’s launch pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroot Aerospace announced on Friday.

With this maiden mission, Skyroot Aerospace is set to become the first private space company in India to launch a rocket into space

The sub-orbital mission ‘Prarambh’ by space stratup will carry two Indian and one foreign customer payloads. 

The technical launch clearance for the mission has been sanctioned by the Space regulator, Indian National Space Promotional and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe).

Notably, Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ as a tribute to the founder of the Indian Space programme ‘Vikram Sarabhai’. 

Set up in 2018, Skyroot is also working on a cryogenic engine — Dhawan-I, named after former ISRO Chairman Satish Dhawan, which would operate on two high-performance rocket propellants, liquid natural gas and liquid oxygen.

MoU signed with ISRO

Skyroot was the first startup to sign a memorandum of understanding with ISRO for launching its rockets.Skyroot has successfully built and tested India's first privately developed cryogenic, hypergolic-liquid, and solid fuel-based rocket engines using advanced composite and 3D-printing technologies.

Skyroot Aerospace successfully raised USD 51 million through a Series-B financing round, in September this year. It had raised USD 11 million in Series-A capital raise in July last year.

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