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.
- 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.
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.