18 Nov 2022

ISRO Launches Private Rocket, Learn Why This Is Historic

Sriharikota: ISRO launched India's first private space company's rocket Vikram-S from Sriharikota. The rocket has been built by Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace and carried three payloads. This mission was named Mission Prarambh. While the name of the rocket is Vikram S. It is being considered as the turning point in the history of space science in the country. This is the test flight of Vikram-S rocket.

Named after renowned Indian scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai 

For the first time a rocket of a private space company has been launched in India. The launch was done from the launch pad of ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota. The rocket was manufactured by Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace. According to the company's CEO and co-founder Pawan Kumar Chandana, it was a test flight. It is named after renowned Indian scientist and founder of ISRO Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

Big leap for private sector

Indian National Center for Space Promotion and Authorization Chairman Pawan Goenka says this is a giant leap for the private sector in India. He congratulated Skyroot for becoming the first Indian company to be authorized to launch the rocket. Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said India has created history by launching the first private rocket developed by Skyroot Aerospace from Sriharikota under the guidance of ISRO.

Mission carries three payloads

India has become one of the leading countries in the world in terms of rocket launching of private space as soon as Vikram-S flew in sub-orbital. Vikram-S will reach an altitude of 81 km after its launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The mission carried three payloads from two domestic and one foreign customer including Chennai-based startup Space Kidz, Andhra Pradesh-based startup NSpace Tech and Armenian startup BazumQ Space Research Lab in the sub-orbital flight.

Startup company made rocket

Four-year-old startup company Skyroot Aerospace has developed Vikram Ace. With this mission, Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace became the first private space company to launch a rocket into space. 

Based in Hyderabad, Skyroot was the first startup to sign a memorandum of understanding with ISRO for launching its rockets.

Set up in 2018, 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.

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