Rocket Launch: India’s space program will touch new heights on Friday when the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the country’s first privately developed rocket ‘Vikram-S’ from its center in Sriharikota. Preparations have been made to launch the Vikram-S rocket of 4-year-old start-up Skyroot Aerospace.
This will give new heights to the entry of the private sector in the country’s space industry, which has been dominated by the state-owned ISRO for decades. Skyroot Aerospace has become the first private sector company in India to step into the Indian space program in 2020 after the central government opened up the space industry to the private sector.
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- The time has been set for the launch of the first private rocket Vikram-S at 11.30 am on Friday morning. Earlier it was planned to be launched on 15 November.
- Vikram-S will reach an altitude of 81 km after its launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The rocket is named after the father of the Indian space program and the late scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
- This mission was named ‘Prarambh’. Three payloads of two domestic and one foreign customer will be carried in the mission. The Vikram-S sub-orbital flight will carry three payloads from startup Space Kidz from Chennai, startup N-Space Tech from Andhra Pradesh and Armenian startup BazumQ Space Research Lab.
- A Skyroot official said the 6-metre-tall rocket is among the first few in the world to have 3-D printed solid propellants for rotational stability.
- Indian space regulator In-Space on Wednesday authorized the launch of Skyroot’s Vikram-S sub-orbital vehicle.
- This is like the launch of Elon Musk’s first private rocket of SpaceX.
- This will be a kind of test flight. If it is successful, then India will join the world’s leading countries in the case of private space company rocket launching.
- The reason for the cheap launching is also the change in its fuel. In this launching, instead of common fuel, LNG i.e. Liquid Natural Gas and Liquid Oxygen (LoX) will be used. This fuel is economical as well as pollution free.
- Pawan Goenka, chairman of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACE), said, “This is a giant leap for the private sector in India. Congratulations to Skyroot on becoming the first Indian company to be authorized to launch a rocket.
- Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that India is going to create history by launching the first private rocket developed by ‘Skyroot Aerospace’ from Sriharikota under the guidelines of ISRO.
Who said what before launching?
Jitendra Singh said that the space sector reforms have opened up innovative possibilities for start-ups and in a short span of time about 102 start-ups are working in the areas of space debris management, nano-satellites, launch vehicles and research etc.
Responding to the minister’s statement, Skyroot Aerospace said on social media, “We are proud of our mission, which is going to create history for the Indian private sector and fulfill the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
ISRO Chairman S Somnath had unveiled ‘Prarambh’ in Bengaluru earlier this month. Co-founder of Skyroot Aerospace Pawan K. “After months of sleepless nights and meticulous preparations by our team, we are very excited to announce our first launch mission ‘Prarambh’,” Chandna said.
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