Vikram-S, India's 1st-Ever Private Rocket Lifts Off From Sriharikota; Know All About 'Mission Prarambh'

Developed by four-year-old startup Skyroot Aerospace, today's event marks the private sector's maiden foray into the launch vehicle segment, after the space segment was thrown open to private players in 2020.

Vikram-S, India's 1st-Ever Private Rocket Lifts Off From Sriharikota; Know All About 'Mission Prarambh'
Image Credits: Aerospace, ISRO Twitter

IN A major achievement, India's first-ever privately made rocket Vikram-S began its journey on Friday from ISRO's spaceport Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The vehicle is named as a tribute to the father of India's space programme, Vikram Sarabhai. Symbolising a new start, the mission has been named 'Prarambh' (the beginning).

After the successful launch of Vikram-S, Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman of INSPACe, said, "I am happy to announce the successful completion of Mission Prarambh - the beginning of Skyroot Aerospace".

Developed by four-year-old startup Skyroot Aerospace, today's event marks the private sector's maiden foray into the launch vehicle segment, after the space segment was thrown open to private players in 2020. The 6-metre tall Vikram-S will soar to an altitude of around 81 km after its launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, carrying two domestic payloads and one from a foreign customer.

Know all about the Prarambh Mission:

The 'Prarambh' mission and the Vikram-S rocket have been developed by Skyroot Aerospace start-up in Hyderabad with support from ISRO and IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre). The rocket is carrying payloads of two Indian and one international customer into space.

"89.5 Kms peak altitude achieved. Vikram-S rocket meets all flight parameters. It's history in the making for India. Keep watching," Skyroot Aerospace tweeted attaching a YouTube link to the flight.

The Prarambh mission and the Vikram-S rocket have been developed by Skyroot Aerospace in Hyderabad with support from ISRO and IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre). The rocket is carrying payloads of two Indian and one international customer into space.

With the groundwork starting around late 2020, Vikram-S has been developed within a record time of two years which is powered by solid fuelled propulsion, cutting edge avionics and all carbon fibre core structure, as per Skyroot Aerospace.

The Vikram-S will help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of orbital class space launch vehicles, including many sub-systems and technologies that will be tested across the pre-lift off and post-lift off phases of the launch, according to Skyroot Aerospace.

Vikram S is among one of the first few all-composite space launch vehicles, which is made up of 3D-printed solid thrusters for its spin stability. As per Skyroot Aerospace, with a body mass of 545 kgs, length of 6m, and diameter of 0.375 meters, Vikram-S is the quickest and most affordable ride to space.

 


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