Vikram-S – India Launches Its First Private Rocket Into Space
Today, Vikram-S, India’s first privately made rocket, successfully launched from the Sriharikota spaceport, celebrating the opening door for the private sector into India’s space industry, which ISRO has dominated for decades.
The Vikram-S, on Friday, marked a significant step in the nation’s effort to establish a commercial space industry.
The 545-kilogram rocket was manufactured by the space firm Skyroot from the site of the Indian space agency in Chennai.
The rocket’s speed can reach Mach 5 and carry 83 kg of cargo. Then, the rocket took off from the space center, producing a path of smoke and fire, as captured on video.
Skyroot is the first Indian space company to secure an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launch and test facilities after the government of India unlocked the door to commercial firms in 2020.
It has raised Rs. 530 crores and operates around 200 people. According to the company, nearly 100 employees were involved in the company’s initial launch endeavor.
The rocket is anticipated to reach a height of around 81 kilometers before splashing down approximately 5 minutes later.
With the launch of Vikram-S, Skyroot became the first Indian private space company to launch a rocket into space.
As a result, the Government of India opened a new platform for the space sector, which opened for the private sector in 2020.
In honor of the originator of the Indian space program and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai, Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named “Vikram.”
The startup was the first to sign a memorandum of understanding for the launch of its rockets with ISRO.
According to the statement, it wants to break entry barriers to cost-effective satellite launch services and spaceflight by following its mission to make spaceflights affordable, reliable, and common for everyone.