India’s first private rocket launch postponed
Bad weather disrupted flight
Now there will be an attempt to launch on November 18
New Delhi. Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroot Aerospace made a big announcement on Sunday. It said the sub-orbital launch of the country’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S has been postponed till November 18 due to bad weather. A Skyroute Aerospace spokesperson said, “Due to inclement weather forecast, we have been given a new window from November 15-19 for our Vikram-S rocket launch from Sriharikota with the most likely date being November 18 at 11:30 am. Is.”
The date of November 15 was earlier fixed for the launch. Skyroot Aerospace’s first mission ‘Prarambh’ will carry payloads from two Indian and one foreign customer. It is ready for launch from the launch site of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Sriharikota. The mission is considered an important milestone for Skyroot, as it will help validate 80 percent of the technologies that will be used in the Vikram-1 orbital vehicle. There is a plan to launch it next year.
Rocket will launch 2.5 kg payload ‘Fun-Sat’
“The key area we will be monitoring closely will be the performance of our solid fueled rocket engine ‘Kalam-1’,” a Skyroute spokesperson said. Chennai-based aerospace startup ‘SpaceKidz’ will launch a 2.5 kg payload ‘FUN-SAT’ developed by students from India, the US, Singapore and Indonesia. With this mission, Skyroute is set to become the first private space company in India to launch rockets into space.
Beginning of a new era in the space sector
This will usher in a new era in the space sector. It was opened in 2020 to facilitate private sector participation. Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ as a tribute to the famous scientist Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian space programme.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 13, 2022, 19:00 IST