India’s first privately developed rocket, Vikram-S, will launch on a suborbital mission with three payloads between November 12-16, a Hyderabad-based space company.announced Tuesday.
Skyroot Aerospace’s maiden mission, called ‘Prarambh’ (the beginning), will carry two payloads from Indian and one foreign customer and will launch from the Indian Space Research Organization’s launch pad in Sriharikota.
“The authorities notified a launch window between November 12 and 16, and the final date was confirmed based on weather conditions,” said Skyroot Aerospace co-founder and CEO Pawan Kumar Chandana.
“We have two Indian payloads and one foreign payload,” Chandana told PTI, declining to divulge further details.
Spacekidz, a Chennai-based aerospace startup, will fly ‘Fun-Sat’, a 2.5kg payload developed by students from India, the US, Singapore and Indonesia in the suborbital flight aboard Vikram-S.
“We want kids to learn how to perform experiments in space. It’s a simple payload developed by grandparents with their grandchildren,” said Srimathy Kesan, CEO of Spacekidz.
On Monday, ISRO President S Somanath presented the mission patch for the Skyroot Aerospace launch.
With this mission, Skyroot will become India’s first private space company to launch a rocket into space, heralding a new era for the space sector that opened in 2020 to facilitate private sector participation.
“The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage suborbital launch vehicle, which would carry three customer payloads and help test and validate most of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles,” said Naga Bharath Daka. , director of operations. Skyroot Aerospace officer.
Chandana said that Skyroot could build and prepare the Vikram-S rocket mission in such a short time only thanks to the invaluable support of ISRO and IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre).
Skyroot’s launch vehicles are named ‘Vikram’ as a tribute to the founder of the Indian space program and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
Based in Hyderabad, Skyroot was the first startup to sign a memorandum of understanding with ISRO for the launch of its rockets. Its goal is to break down barriers to entry to profitable spaceflight and satellite launch services by advancing its mission to make spaceflight affordable, reliable and regular for all, according to the statement.