Vikram-S, India’s first private rocket lifts off from ISRO spaceport
Science & Technology
26th Nov, 2022
In a historic moment Vikram-S, India’s first privately-developed rocket, lifted off from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) launch pad in Sriharikota, under the ‘Prarambh’ Mission.
About Vikram-S Rocket:
- Named after: Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India’s space programme.
- Developed by: Skyroot Aerospace with support from ISRO and IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Centre.
- The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle.
- It carried three customer payloads and help test and validate technologies in the Vikram series space launch vehicles.
- Engine: Its engine was developed using 3D printing with a superalloy.
- The engine used in the launch vehicle is named after former president Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, ‘Kalam-80’.
- The company is based in Hyderabad.
- It builds state-of-the-art space launch vehicles for launching commercial satellites into space.
- It aims to disrupt entry barriers to cost-efficient satellite launch services and space flight by advancing its mission to make space flights affordable, reliable, and regular for all.
Significance of privatization of the space sector
- Low costs: It has allowed companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc. to cut their costs substantially and perform operations at reduced costs.
- Creating widespread interest: The publicity of their operations, like live streaming launches, has sparked widespread interest in space exploration among the general public.
- Quick decision-making: There is quick decision-making in private companies while the same process in a public enterprise would have to pass through several stages.
- Higher autonomy: private companies have a greater degree of autonomy in making decisions, which enables them to take up new projects.