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The launching of the Vikram –S make history in the Indian space sector, it mark the entry of the first rocket made by the private company Skyroots into the Indian space market.
It launched at 11:30 Friday from the Sriharikota space center. It is a milestone in the Indian space program
Skyroot Company –
Skyroot aerospace company is a startup based in Hyderabad co-founded by ex- ISRO engineers Naga Bharath Daka COO and founder of the company and Pawan Chandanam Co-founder.
Its mission is to build rocket components and satellites.
Skyroot company makes history by launching India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram - S into space with the help of ISRO.
About Vikram –S Rocket –
Skyroot company built the rocket called Vikram –S, named after Vikram Sarabhai founder of the Indian space program.
Vikram – S built by 200 engineering teams within a record time of 2 years and powered by solid fuelled propulsion, cutting-edge avionics, and a carbon fiber structure.
Vikram- S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle that will carry three payloads.
In a sub-orbital flight vehicle travels fast to reach out to outer space, but not fast enough to stay in an orbit around the earth.
A 6-meter long Rocket touched a peak altitude of 89.9 km and gained the speed of Mach 5, 5 times the speed of sound.
Three Payloads Carry By Vikram –S
Vikram- S carries three payloads – Chennai-based startup SpaceKidz, Andhra Pradesh- based N- Space Tech, and Armenian BazoomQ Space Research Lab
These payloads are in the range of 290kg to 560 kg.
Prarambh Mission Aim
The main aim of this launch is to test and validate technologies used in the Vikram series of orbital-class space launch vehicles.
Skyroot company designing 3 Vikram series rockets will use various solid and cryogenic fuels.
The company is developing three variants of the Vikram rockets.
Vikram –I will be launched next year and will carry 480 kg of payload to low earth orbit.
Vikram –II will carry 595 kg of cargo and meanwhile Vikram – III will carry 815 kg of payload.
The main aim is to launch heavy payloads in low earth orbit. All these 3 rockets' core structures built using carbon composites and thruster have been 3D printed used for spin stability.
The engine used in the launch vehicle named after the former president of India Abdul Kalam ‘Kalam -80’.
“Rockets are very complex vehicles, and like every complex technology, it can also go wrong, based on various reasons. But we have backed our build with the best of technology and skills, and so we believe that the launch will be a success, and that Vikram-S will chart new history for Indian private space sector,” Skyroot said in an email.
Science & Technology minister Dr. Jitendra Singh was also present at the launch of Vikram – S said - "It is indeed a new beginning, a new dawn, and a new prarambh in the journey of India's space program. It is a major step forward for India in developing its own rockets and a turning point in India's startup movement. Well done, Skyroot."
Team Skyroot dedicates today’s historic success of India’s first private rocket launch to the space reforms brought in by the vision of Hon’ Prime Minister @narendramodi ji.— Skyroot Aerospace (@SkyrootA) November 18, 2022
We thank @isro and @INSPACeIND for their invaluable support towards this landmark milestone.#Prarambh pic.twitter.com/sbpbcI1s0T
A historic moment for India as the rocket Vikram-S, developed by Skyroot Aerospace, took off from Sriharikota today! It is an important milestone in the journey of India’s private space industry. Congrats to @isro & @INSPACeIND for enabling this feat. pic.twitter.com/IqQ8D5Ydh4— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 18, 2022
With the perfect launch of VKS from Skyroot first step of Private Industry’s entry into Space sector completed. The industry is now all set to fulfil our PM’s vision for Space - “even sky is not the limit”. @isro @INSPACeIND @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/XpBXKSlTiC— Pawan K Goenka (@GoenkaPk) November 18, 2022