Unicorn, and Space-tech startup Skyroot Aerospace created history by launching India’s first private rocket “Vikram-s” successfully from ISRO’s launchpad in Sriharikota on 18th November 2022. A truly historic moment for India’s private sector space exploration industry.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan in his message to Skyroot wrote: A moment of the greatest pride.
Congratulating the Skyroot Team for its historic feat, Prime Minister Narendar Modi said: A historic moment for India as the rocket Vikram-S, developed by Skyroot Aerospace, took off from Sriharikota today! It is an important milestone in the journey of India’s private space industry. Congrats to @isro & @INSPACeIND for enabling this feat.
The Vikram-S sub-orbital solid stage rocket, which can reach hypersonic speeds which was launched at 11:30 AM, reached an apogee of 89.5 kilometers, meeting all mission criteria. Earlier, a new launch window between 15 and 19 of November was given to Skyroot Aerospace by the space regulator, IN-SPACe.
Soon after the launch Co-founder of Skyroot said “We made history today by launching India’s first private rocket. It is a symbol of new India, and just the #Prarambh of a great future.”
The Vikram -S rocket, validates ~80% of the technologies that will be used in Vikram-1 orbital vehicle that is planned for launch next year. Vikram-s on its maiden flight to space carried three customer payloads, representing Space Kidz India, Bazoomq Armenia and N-Space Tech India.
The mission titled “Prarambh” to signified the maiden space launch for Skyroot and the first for the Indian private space sector. The rocket was built using advanced technologies including carbon composite structures and 3D-printed components, over a period of two years.
Skyroot Vikram-s is India’s First Privately built rocket to accomplish historic success
Pawan Kuman Chandana, Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace said “It’s a pivotal moment for Skyroot Aerospace and for the Indian private space sector, as we created history by launching our Vikram-S rocket which is the first privately built rocket to be launched by India. Happy to announce that the quick flight data analysis of our rocket confirms that data points related to all aspects of the mission performed as per expectations, and the learnings from this mission would underpin our next Vikram series mission which will happen in 2023, and take us ahead as we move towards our vision of opening up space for all. It’s feels all the more special with the presence of Shri. Jitendra Singhji, Union Minister of State for Space, who has joined us to witness this landmark event.”
Naga Bharath Daka, Co-Founder of Skyroot Aerospace said “Today, as we make history with India’s first private rocket launch, it bears testimony of the strong partnership between Skyroot Aerospace, ISRO and IN-SPACe, which is a perfect ecosystem for great missions to take shape. We thank ISRO, IN-SPACe and the Government of India under the vision of our honourable prime minister, for their unstinted support for the Vikram-S project over the last two years, as we achieved every milestone in its development. I am proud to be one among the 200 plus Skyroot family to have put in relentless efforts for Prarambh mission, and this success is for all of us to cherish.”
Amitabh Bachchan in his message wrote
The fascinating view of earth from Skyroot Vikram- S – View from Vikram-S onboard camera via live telemetry captures exhilarating moments of South Asia’s first rocket launch and the beautiful land we live in.
Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh in his message wrote
Vikram Sarabhai saw a dream but was constrained for resources, PM @narendramodi “unlocked” the resources and gave outlet to huge Indian talent that was waiting to happen. “Vikram-S”, India’s first-ever private rocket developed by a #StartUp is the vindication.
Skyroot team on Twitter wrote: It is not just rocket fuel that successfully fired the Vikram-S, but the sweat, perseverance, emotions and teamwork of a band of people from across skillsets and specializations, bonded together by the passion to achieve.
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