'Prambh': Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace first private company to launch rocket into space

The mission, named 'Prambh,' which means 'the beginning,' represents a new era for India's private space sector and the first mission for Skyroot, and was unveiled on November 7, 2022, in Bangalore by ISRO Chairman, Dr. S. Somanath, following technical launch clearance from the Space regulator IN-SPACe.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  9 Nov 2022 6:00 AM GMT
Prambh:  Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace  first private company to  launch rocket into space

History is in the making. Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace is set to become India's first private company to launch a rocket into space.

Vikram-S, the company's first privately developed rocket, is also the country's first. As it undergoes final launch preparations at the ISRO's launch pad in Sriharikota.

The mission, named 'Prambh,' which means 'the beginning,' represents a new era for India's private space sector and the first mission for Skyroot, and was unveiled on November 7, 2022, in Bangalore by ISRO Chairman, Dr. S. Somanath, following technical launch clearance from the Space regulator IN-SPACe.

Authorities have announced a launch window between November 12 and 16, with the final date dependent on weather conditions.

This marks the beginning of a new era for the space sector, which was recently opened up to allow for private sector participation. Skyroot, a two-time national award winner, is the first Indian startup to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ISRO in this regard.

Pawan Kumar Chandana, CEO, and Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace said they were only able to build and launch our Vikram-S rocket in such a short period because of the invaluable assistance received from ISRO and IN-SPACe.

"We are pleased to announce our ground-breaking mission, 'Prambh,' dedicated to the Indian private space sector, which has benefited greatly from reforms guided by the government of India and its vision," he said

Skyroot's launch vehicles are named 'Vikram' in honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India's space program and a renowned scientist.

"The Vikram-S rocket being launched is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle that will carry three customer payloads and help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles," said Naga Bharath Daka, COO and Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace.

The launch will take place at ISRO's spaceport in Sriharikota, which has world-class launch infrastructure.

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