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India’s First Private Launch Vehicle

  • 09 Nov 2022
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

Space technology startup Skyroot Aerospace is set to make history by sending India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S into space between 12th and 16th November, 2022 under the ‘Prarambh’ Mission.

  • Skyroot Aerospace is an Indian startup in the aerospace business.

What is Vikram-S?

  • The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle which would carry three customer payloads.
    • Sub-orbital flight are those vehicles which are travelling slower than the orbital velocity – meaning it is fast enough to reach outer space but not fast enough to stay in an orbit around the Earth.
  • It would help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles.
    • Skyroot has been working on three different Vikram rocket versions.
    • The Vikram-I can launch with 480 kilograms of payload, whereas the Vikram-II is designed to do so with 595 kilos and Vikram-III has a 500 km Low Inclination Orbit launch capability with 815 kg.

What is the Prarambh Mission?

Source: IE

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