Vikram-S: India's first private rocket Vikram-S ready for launch, will be launched between November 12-16

Pankaj Prasad
Indias first private rocket Vikram S
Indias first private rocket Vikram S

With this mission, Skyroute Aerospace is set to become India's first private space company to launch a rocket into space, ushering in a new era for the space sector.

India's first privately developed rocket Vikram-S is ready for launch between November 12 and 16, Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroute Aerospace announced on Tuesday. Skyroute Aerospace's maiden mission, codenamed 'START', will carry three customer payloads and is ready for launch from the Indian Space Research Organization's launchpad in Sriharikota. A launch window between November 12 and November 16 has been notified by the authorities, with the last date being confirmed depending on weather conditions, said Pawan Kumar Chandana, CEO and co-founder, SkyRoot Aerospace.

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With this mission, Skyroute Aerospace is set to become the first private space company in India to launch a rocket into space, ushering in a new era for the space sector. It was opened in 2020 to facilitate private-sector participation. The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle that will carry three customer payloads and will be used to test and validate most of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles, Naga Bharat Daka, Chief Operating Officer, Skyroute Aerospace, said in a statement. will help.

Chandana said it was because of the invaluable cooperation of ISRO and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe) that Skyroute was able to prepare the Vikram-S rocket mission in such a short time. Skyroute's launch vehicles have been named 'Vikram' as a tribute to Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian space programme. Hyderabad-based Skyroute manufactures state-of-the-art space launch vehicles to launch commercial satellites into space. It aims to remove entry barriers to cost-effective satellite launch services and spaceflight, while pursuing its mission of affordable, reliable and regular spaceflight for all, the statement said.