India’s first private rocket to take to skies between Nov 12 and 16

India’s first private rocket to take to skies between Nov 12 and 16

Chennai: India’s first private sector rocket will take to skies from the spaceport of Sriharikota between November 12 and 16. The Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace–India’s private sector rocket maker and leading SpaceTech Startup–will fly its rocket Vikram-S with three payloads between November 12 and 16 from the SHAR Range. A launch window between November 12 and 16 has been notified by the ISRO authorities and the final date will be confirmed based on weather conditions. Naga Bharath Daka, COO and Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace said “Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle which would carry three customer payloads and help test and validate majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles.” “We are utilizing the world-class launch infrastructure at ISRO’s spaceport in Sriharikota for the launch”, he said, according to a Skyroot release. It said Vikram-S is poised to create history as it undergoes final launch preparations at ISRO’s launchpad in Sriharikota. The mission named ‘Prarambh’, meaning ‘the beginning’, signify a new era for the private space sector in India and the first mission for Skyroot. It was unveiled by ISRO Chairman Dr.S.Somanath in Bangalore yesterday after getting the technical launch clearance from the Space regulator IN-SPACe. With this maiden mission, Skyroot Aerospace is set to become the first private space company in India to launch a rocket into space, heralding a new era for the space sector which was recently opened up for private sector participation. Skyroot, a two-time national award winner, incidentally is the first Indian startup to sign a MoU with ISRO in this regard. Skyroot Aerospace CEO and Co-Founder Pawan Kumar Chandana said “We could build and get our Vikram-S rocket mission-ready in such a short time only because of the invaluable support we received from ISRO and IN-SPACe”. “We are proud to announce our pathbreaking mission ‘Prarambh’ dedicated to the Indian private space sector, which has hugely benefited from the reforms that were guided by the Government of India and its vision” Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ as a tribute to the founder of the Indian Space programme Dr.Vikram Sarabhai. Meanwhile, Vikram-S will carry a 2.5 kg satellite built by 80 students from India, US and Indonesia and faciliated by Space Kidz India, an aerospace startup. “We will be flying the student satellite in the Vikram-S rocket. The satellite was built by 6th to 12th Grade students and in some cases with their grandparents,” according to Space Kidz Founder CEO Srimathy Kesan. Designing a payload by kids along with their grandparents was a fun element that was introduced this time around. There were a couple of grandparents who had bought the kits and assembled the same, she said. The satellite, developed in about eight to nine months, has 80 boards and about 10-15 experiments could be done, she said. UNI

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