Skyroot’s first rocket scheduled to launch from Sriharikota

9 November, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Skyroots first rocket scheduled to launch from Sriharikota Top News

ISRO chairman S. Somanath unveiled the mission 'Prambh,' which means 'the beginning,' as the first mission for Skyroot in Bengaluru.

The Vikram-S rocket, developed by Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace, is set to make history as it undergoes final launch preparations at the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) launchpad in Sriharikota for a November 12-16 launch.

According to an official release from the firm on Tuesday, the mission ‘Prambh,’ which means ‘the beginning,’ was unveiled by ISRO chairman S. Somanath in Bengaluru after the technical launch clearance from the Space regulator IN-SPACe.

While the launch window has been announced by the authorities, the final date will be determined by weather conditions. Skyroot will be the first private space company in India to launch a rocket into space, ushering in a new era for the space sector, which was recently opened up to allow for private sector participation, according to CEO and co-founder Pawan Kumar Chandana.

Skyroot, a two-time national award winner, is the first startup to sign an agreement with ISRO in this regard. “We were only able to build the Vikram-S rocket mission-ready in such a short period of time because of the invaluable support we received from ISRO and IN-SPACe, as well as the technological talent we possessed. We are proud to announce our ground-breaking mission ‘Prambh,’ which is dedicated to the Indian private space sector, which has benefited greatly from the reforms guided by the central government and its vision,” he said.

Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ in honour of the Indian Space Programme’s founder and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai. “The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle that will carry three customer payloads and will help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles.” “We are launching from ISRO’s spaceport in Sriharikota, which has world-class launch infrastructure,” said COO and Co-founder Naga Bharath Daka.