India’s first privately made rocket, Vikram-S, was sent into space by Skyroot Aerospace on Friday. This was a big deal. The successful launch means that the private sector is now part of the Indian space program, which has been run and funded by the government up until now.
The Vikram-S rocket took off from the sounding rocket complex at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This is part of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The rocket was sent into space with three packages for customers. It reached an altitude of more than 90 kilometers.
The company said that the Vikram-S rocket went as high as 89.9 kilometers and went as fast as Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound. All of the mission goals were met by the launch vehicles, which made it possible for the company to launch the Vikram-I rocket next year.
“By launching India’s first private rocket today, we made history. It is a sign of the new India and a good sign for the future “After the launch, Pawan Kumar Chandanam, one of the co-founders of Skyroot Aerospace, said.
Even though Prarambh was a demonstration mission, it was a full-scale suborbital launch for the company, which aims to strengthen the private space sector in the country. The mission proved that the Vikram rocket’s technology, engine, and designs work and that it can send heavy loads into Low Earth Orbit.
The Vikram rocket, which is being made by the company, is named after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, who started the Indian space program. The Vikram-I can send 480 kilograms of cargo to Low Earth Orbit, but the Vikram-II can send 595 kilograms of cargo into space. Vikram-III, on the other hand, can be sent into space with an 815 kg to 500 km Low Inclination Orbit.
The mission is a big step toward getting the private sector involved in the Indian space program, just like the US, Europe, and China have done. Even though Skyroot made the rocket, Isro helped test the systems and new technologies by giving them advice and a place to do so.
This shows that the private sector can not only build and design these launch vehicles but also bring customers and investments into a sector that has mostly relied on the public exchequer.
India just announced that it will let private companies work in its space industry. This shows that the system is working. Isro and InSpace have been working closely with private companies to help them with their systems and complicated designs for rocket systems.
Why is Skyroot Aerospace’s Rocket Series Named “Vikram”?
Skyroot Aerospace named its series of launch vehicles “Vikram” to honor Vikram Sarabhai, the man who started the Indian Space Program and ISRO. Skyroot Aerospace wants to move forward with its goal of making space travel affordable, safe, and regular for everyone.
Vikram is a set of modular space launch vehicles made especially for the small satellite market. In the next ten years, it is expected to be able to launch more than 20,000 small satellites. Skyroot Aerospace says that the launch vehicles can do things like go into more than one orbit and do missions between planets.