Skyroot’s mission Prarambh to launch on Nov 12

9 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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India’s first privately developed rocket, Vikram-S is all set to be launched between November 12 and November 16, 2022, Skyroot, a Hyderabad-based Aerospace startup confirmed on Tuesday.

India’s first privately developed rocket, Vikram-S is all set to be launched between November 12 and November 16, 2022, Skyroot, a Hyderabad-based Aerospace startup confirmed on Tuesday.

The maiden mission of Skyroot Aerospace named ‘Prarambh’ will carry 3 customer payloads and is all set for launch from the Indian Space Research Organization’s Launchpad at Sriharikota. With this mission, Skyroot Aerospace is set to become the first private space company in India to launch an rocket into space heralding a new era for the space sector which was opened up in 2020 to fecilitate private sector participation.

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“The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle which would carry three customer payloads and help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles,” Naga Bharath Daka, Chief Operating Officer of Skyroot Aerospace, said in a statement.

The company is designing three Vikram rockets that will use various solid and cryogenic fuels to carry between 290 kg and 560 kg payloads to sun-synchronous polar orbits.

—In comparison, India’s workhorse PSLV can carry up to 1,750kg to such an orbit while the newly-developed small satellite launch vehicle – meant for carrying smaller commercial satellites – can carry up to 300 kg to sun-synchronous orbit.

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.

Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ as a tribute to the founder of the Indian space programme and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai.