India’s first private rocket Vikram-S will be launched from the launch pad in Sriharikota this afternoon.
ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization, conducts space-related research through satellites. It also occasionally launches satellites of private companies. In this context, the year 2020 was set for the contribution of the private sector in the space sector.
After this, various companies started showing interest in space exploration. One of them is Skyroot Aerospace from Hyderabad, Telangana. Former ISRO scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharat Dhaka jointly started Skyroot Aerospace in 2018.
ISRO has agreed to provide launch, tracking, communication and coordination facilities to the company. The rocket manufactured by this private space start-up will be launched today (November 18) at 11.30 am. Arrangements for this have been made at the ISRO launch pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Skyroot Aerospace will become the first Indian private space company to launch a rocket. The Vikram-S rocket today carries a 2.5 kg Pan-SAT satellite. This satellite was developed by students from India, USA, Singapore and Indonesia.
Skyroot Aerospace’s rocket has been named ‘Vikram-S’. It is named in honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian Space Research Centre. And Skyroot has named this plan as ‘Prarump’.
It means beginning. Vikram-S rocket is planned to launch the satellites for commercial purpose. The rocket carries three small satellites and helps them to stay in low Earth orbit.