Indian space technology made history by lifting off India’s first private rocket

Indian space technology made history by lifting off India’s first private rocket

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched India’s first privately made rocket from ISRO’s spaceport in Sriharikota and marking the private sector’s maiden foray into space.

The 6-metre tall rocket has been launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre by ISRO and it has reached peak altitude of 89.5 km before beginning its decent.

The satellite is one of the world’s first few all-composite rockets that has 3-D printed solid thrusters for spin stability of the launch vehicle.

Who developed the first private rocket?

The first private rocket has been developed by four-year-old Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace.

The name given to the first private satellite is ‘Vikram-S’. The satellite named as a tribute to the father of India’s space programme Vikram Sarabhai and it is the first launch after the space segment was thrown open to private players in 2020.

The lift off of the first Vikram-S rocket took place at 11.30 am with clear weather paving the way for the launch as against the earlier planned November 15.

Mission Prarambh:

  • The Mission has been titled as ‘Prarambh’ (the beginning) that is carrying three payloads belonging to two domestic customers and a foreign client.
  • The launch of the rocket is anticipated to demonstrate flight proving of avionics systems in Vikram series like telemetry, tracking, inertial measurement, Global Positioning System, on-board camera, data acquisition and power systems.
  • The authorization of the launch of Skyroot’s Vikram-S sub-orbital vehicle is made by India’s space regulator IN-SPACe.

Specification about Vikram-S:

  • The 545 kg Vikram launch vehicle comprises of the Vikram II and Vikram III series.
  • The Vikram-S launch vehicle is carried to place the payloads in about 500 kms low inclination orbit.
  • The technology architecture of the launch vehicle Vikram provides unique capabilities like multi-orbit insertion, interplanetary missions, while providing customized, dedicated and ride share options covering a wide spectrum of small satellite customer needs.
  • The launching vehicles can be assembled and launched within 24 hours from any launch site.
  • The launch vehicle is furnished with telemetry, tracking, GPS, on-board camera, data acquisition and power systems.

Question & Answer:

Q1. What is the name of India’s first privately made satellite launched by ISRO?

Ans. Vikram-S

Q2. Where the India’s first privately made satellite has been launched by ISRO?

Ans. Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh

Q3. Which company has designed India’s first private satellite ‘Vikram-S’?

Ans. Skyroot Aerospace (Hyderabad based startup)

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