India's first private rocket 'Vikram-S' has been launched. The country's first rocket 'Vikram-S', developed by Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroot Aerospace, was launched on Friday, November 15, from the launch pad of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Sriharikota. It is carrying three payloads. Preparations had already been made for the maiden launch of the Vikram-S rocket by four-year-old start-up Skyroot Aerospace.
There is no doubt that ISRO has been launching its rockets till now, but this was the first time that ISRO launched the mission of a private company from its launching pad. With this mission, Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace has created history by becoming the first private space company to launch a rocket into space. With this mission, the private space sector will get a big boost. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has been motivating the private sector for launching the mission.
The rocket is named after the father of the Indian space program and the late scientist Vikram Sarabhai. The mission named 'Prarambh' will carry three payloads of two domestic and one foreign customer. The Vikram-S sub-orbital flight will carry three payloads from startup Space Kidz from Chennai, startup N-Space Tech from Andhra Pradesh, and Armenian startup BazumQ Space Research Lab.
A Skyroot official said the six-meter-tall rocket is among the first in the world to have 3-D printed solid propellants for rotational stability. Indian space regulator In-Space on Wednesday authorized the launch of Skyroot's Vikram-S sub-orbital vehicle.