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You should know about India’s first private rocket launch: VIKRAM-S

This is first time in India that a private company has taken such a step in the field of space. And that company is known as Skyroot Aerospace Private ltd. The project has been named Vikram-S as a tribute to the founder of India’s space programme Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. 

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About the Skyroot Aerospace:

Skyroot aerospace is a private aerospace Hyderabad based company which is established in June 2018. This company was founded by former Indian Space Research Organisation scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka through the support of Vasudevan Gnanagandhi as well as a small group of entrepreneurs including CureFit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagor. It aims to develop and launch its own series of small lift launch vehicles especially crafted for the small or big satellite market.  

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Mission Prarambh:

The mission is named ‘Prarambh‘, meaning “The Beginning“. The company has named rocket Vikram-S as a tribute to the founder of India’s space programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai. It recently announced plans to enter the space exploration market. According to the company’s statement, it was scheduled for the first launch on 15 November but was postponed due to bad weather. It was successfully launched on 18 November 2022 from the launch facility at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. It had received technical clearance from IN-SPACe, which was set up under the Department of Space to boost the economy of the private space sector.  

Vikram-S at launch facility at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Credit: Skyroot)

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About Vikram-S Rocket:

Vikram-S rocket mainly made by carbon composite materials with some 3D printed components. Carbon composite use because it has high mechanical strength, high thermostability, high electrical conductivity, high thermal conductivity, low CTE, excellent fracture toughness etc. skyroot took approx two years to developed this rocket. Skyroot’s technologies carry up to 800 kg of payloads to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Some highlight about Vikram-S (Credit- @twitter/Skyroot)

Total mass of vikram-S is 546kg. It carried three payloads with weight of 83kg. One of them is reportedly for foreign customers and two for Indian client. The rocket will climb to an altitude of 100 km above Earth’s surface to cross the Karman line. The Karman line is a boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above mean sea level that borders Earth’s atmosphere and the beginning of space.

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Skyroot’s upcoming projects:  

Now after the launch of Vikram-S, the main goal of Skyroot will be to launch Vikram-1, Vikram-2 and Vikram-3. Although no confirm date has been given for their completion, but there is a possibility of launch in the second half of next year. According to market survey, its expected that the global space launch services market to grow from $14.21 billion in 2022 to $31.90 billion by 2029.

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