Hyderabad-based Skyroot launches India's first private rocket in space: Vikram-S

The six-meter-tall rocket is one of the world's first all-composite rockets, incorporating 3-D printed solid thrusters for launch vehicle spin stability.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  18 Nov 2022 7:38 AM GMT
Hyderabad-based Skyroot launches Indias first private rocket in space: Vikram-S

Vikram-S makes history as the first private rocket of India to grace the skies.

On Friday, the rocket was successfully launched at 11:30 AM from Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC), Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Pawan Goenka, Chairperson of INSPACe, congratulated the team of skyroot, and ISRO officials, for creating a milestone in the history of aerospace.

"I am happy to announce the successful completion of 'mission Prarambh' of Skyroot aerospace. The rocket VKS-1 has achieved a maximum altitude of 89.5KM and a range of 121.2Km," he added.

Later, Minister of State, Science and Tech Mr. Jitendhar Singh congratulated the country for a new 'Prarambh' in India's space program journey. He then thanked PM Modi for opening the aerospace field for private individuals.

Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace, dedicating the mission's success to the founder of ISRO, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, said, "We made history today by launching India's first private rocket. It symbolizes a new India and the Prarambh of a great future."

He added, "This is a small step for a startup and a giant leap for the Indian space industry."

Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan has also congratulated the scientists of the ISRO for the successful launch of Vikram-S and called it a historic occasion.

The Hyderabad-based space startup, founded by Pawan Kumar Chandana and Nagabharat Daka, won the national award twice. The first privately funded space startup run by over 200 employees with an average age of below 30 years has reached the launch stage in only four years of its incorporation.

The six-meter-tall rocket is one of the world's first all-composite rockets, incorporating 3-D printed solid thrusters for launch vehicle spin stability.

According to Skyroot Aerospace, Vikram-S will aid in the testing and validation of most of the Vikram series of orbital class space launch vehicles, including several subsystems and technologies that will be tested throughout the launch's pre-lift-off and post-lift-off phases.

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