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Vikram-S: First Privately Developed Rocket of India

Vikram-S: India is scheduled to launch Vikram-S on 15 November from the island of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh’s Indian Space Research Organization launchpad. India’s first privately developed rocket is the single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle called Vikram-S.

Vikram-S: Key Points

  • A Hyderabad-based startup called Skyroot Aerospace created it.
  • To assist test the majority of technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles, it will carry three client payloads on a sub-orbital flight during its first launch as part of Mission Prarambh.

Vikram-S: Payloads

  • Of the three payloads, two are for Indian customers, and one is for a foreign client, that were launched onboard the Vikram-S as part of Mission Prarbh.
  • Funny-Saturday is one of them. This payload, which weighs 2.5 kg, will be sent into space by the aerospace start-up Spacekidz in Chennai.
  • It was produced by Students from Indonesia, Singapore, the United States, India, and the United Kingdom.

India’s First privately developed rocket Vikram-S about to launch

Vikram-S: Importance of Mission Prarambh

  • The privately constructed rocket will make its debut launch from India with Mission Prarambh (beginning).
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Skyroot and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for rocket launches makes Skyroot the first startup to do so.
  • By lowering entry barriers, it allows private companies to operate in the Indian space sector and creates a favourable environment for affordable satellite launch services.

Vikram-S: About Vikram Series

  • There are three rockets in the Vikram series: Vikram I, II, and III. They are capable of extraordinary things like multi-orbit insertion and extraterrestrial missions.
  • They can support communication technologies including satellite imaging, GPS, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Offering a variety of tiny satellite customers alternatives such as customised, dedicated, and ride sharing.
  • These rockets are the cheapest in the payload sector and can be built and launched in less than 72 hours.
  • They are capable of launching satellites into sun-synchronous polar orbits and low Earth orbits that can weigh up to 815 kg each (SSPOs).
  • These launchers bear Vikram Sarabhai’s name, who founded the Indian space programme.

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