Skyroot Aerospace to launch India’s First Private Rocket Vikram-S between Nov 12-16

Skyroot Aerospace

Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based space firm, announced on Tuesday that the nation’s first privately developed rocket, the Vikram-S, is scheduled to launch between November 12 and 16 on a suborbital mission carrying three payloads. 

Skyroot Aerospace’s first mission, called “Prarambh ” (the beginning), is scheduled to launch from the Sriharikota launch pad of the Indian Space Research Organization and will include two Indian and one foreign customer payload. 

Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-founder and CEO of Skyroot Aerospace, said, “A launch window between November 12 and 16 has been notified by authorities, the final date being confirmed based on weather conditions.”

“We have two Indian and one foreign payloads,” Chandana told PTI, refusing to divulge more details.

‘Fun-Sat,’ a 2.5-kg payload created by students from India, the US, Singapore, and Indonesia, will be launched on board Vikram-S by Spacekidz, an aerospace firm located in Chennai.

“We want children to learn about conducting experiments in space. It is a simple payload developed by grandparents with their grandchildren,” Srimathy Kesan, CEO of Spacekidz, stated.

The mission patch for the Skyroot Aerospace launch was presented on Monday by ISRO Chairman S. Somanath. 

“The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle, which would 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, Chief Operating Officer of Skyroot Aerospace.

Chandana claimed that ISRO and IN SPACe’s (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre)assistance was the primary reason Skyroot was able to construct and complete the Vikram-S rocket mission so quickly. 

In honour of Vikram Sarabhai, the pioneer of the Indian space programme and a prominent scientist, Skyroot’s launch vehicles bear the name “Vikram.”

Skyroot, a startup with headquarters in Hyderabad, was the first to sign a memorandum of understanding with ISRO for the launch of its rockets. By expanding its mission to make spaceflights accessible, dependable, and regular for all, it seeks to eliminate entry barriers to cost-effective satellite launch services and spaceflight, according to the statement.

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