India’s first private rocket lifts off from ISRO spaceport

Source: The post is based on the article “India’s first private rocket lifts off from ISRO spaceport” published in The Hindu on 19th November 2022

What is the News?

India’s first privately developed rocket, Vikram-S was successfully launched from Indian Space Research Organisation’s(ISRO) launchpad in Sriharikota.

What is Vikram S?

Source: Skyroot

Vikram S has been developed by Skyroot Aerospace and has been named after Vikram Sarabhai hailed as the father of India’s space sector. 

The rocket has been launched under the mission named ‘Prarambh, which literally translates as “beginning”.

Purpose: It was a technology demonstration flight to showcase the capabilities of the company. The rocket will help validate the technologies that will be used in the subsequent Vikram-1 orbital vehicle of Skyroot.

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Key Features of Vikram-S: Vikram-S is powered by the solid-fuelled propulsion, cutting edge avionics and all carbon fibre core structure.

– It is one of the world’s first few all composite space launch vehicles.

– Vikram-S has 3D printed solid thrusters for spin stability.

Vikram-S is capable of reaching Mach 5, five times the speed of sound.

– The vehicle is equipped with telemetry, tracking, GPS, on-board camera, data acquisition and power systems.

– The length of the rocket is six-meter and the mass is 545 kg and payload mass of 80 kg,

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