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Vikram-S, India’s first private rocket, has successfully launched

Nov 18, 2022: Today, November 18, 2022, the Indian Space Research Organization ISRO launched the country’s first privately developed rocket, Vikram-S.

The first Vikram-S rocket lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 11:30 a.m. “Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished,” ISRO tweeted after the launch of Vikram-S.

‘Vikram-S’ is named after Vikram Sarabhai, India’s Space Program’s founding father.

The Vikram S rocket will blast off under the mission named titled ‘Prarambh’ as the launch marks the commencement of ISRO’s relation with the budding private space sector of India.

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).

Union Minister Jitendra Singh, on Friday, arrived at Sriharikota for the grand launch of ‘Vikram S’.
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh shared a photo with Skyroot Aerospace team members prior to the launch of Vikram-S. The minister stated on Twitter, “With #StartUp Team “Skyroot Aerospace” at #Sriharikota, minutes before the launch of the first ever private Rocket, Vikram-S, named after Vikram Sarabhai, the founding father of India’s Space program. Countdown begins!.”

According to Skyroot Aerospace, Vikram-S has been developed in a record time of two years and is powered by solid fuelled propulsion, cutting edge avionics, and an all carbon fibre core structure.

According to Skyroot Aerospace, the rocket launch 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 during the pre-lift off and post-lift off phases of the launch.

Skyroots’ Vikram S, which stands six metres tall, is one of the world’s first all-composite rockets with a 3-D printed solid thruster for spin stability.

According to Skyroot Aerospace, the Vikram-S is the quickest and most affordable ride to space, with a body mass of 545 kgs, a length of 6m, and a diameter of 0.375 metres.

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Vikram-S, India’s first private rocket | Photo credit: The Hindu Business Line
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