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Vikram-S – India’s first private rocket

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Vikram-S – India’s first private rocket

  • India’s first private rocket Vikram-S lifted on November 18, 2022 from Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launchpad in Sriharikota.
  • The vehicle hit a peak altitude of 5 kilometers and then splashed into the Bay of Bengal about five minutes after the launch.
  • Vikram-S is named after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the country’s space programme.
About Vikram-S:
  • Developed by – Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace Private Limited.
  • It is a 6-metre tall launch vehicle that will carry three customer payloads.
  • It was developed under the mission titled Prarambh.
  • It is a single-stage solid fuelled
  • It is also a sub-orbital rocket meaning the vehicle will reach outer space, it will not remain in orbit around the Earth, with the flight time being less than five minutes.
  • Advanced technologies including carbon composite structures and 3D-printed components are incorporated in the vehicle.
  • It is equipped with a gross lift off mass of 545kg, and payload mass of 80 kg.

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