Vikram-S was the first privately developed rocket in India’s space industry ISRO launched From Sriharikota on Friday at 11:30 AM. The mission, named ‘Aaran’, saw the rocket carrying three payloads weighing a total of 83 kg. The rocket reached a height of 81.5 km in just three minutes. Five minutes before launch, the payloads separated and the rocket crashed back into the Bay of Bengal after successfully deploying the payloads into orbit.
Vikram-S, developed by four-year-old Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace, is named after Vikram Sarabhai, an Indian physicist and astronomer who pioneered space exploration and helped develop the country’s nuclear power. The payloads came from Space Kidz India, Bazoomq Armenia and N-Space Tech India and contained sensors to study acceleration and pressure, among other things.
The launch of Vikram-S is scheduled for November 15; However, later, it was pushed to 18th November due to inclement weather.
Vikram-S series includes Vikram-I, Vikram-II and Vikram-III. Vikram-I and Vikram-II each have a payload capacity of 480 and 595 kilograms respectively for low Earth orbit. At the same time, Vikram-III can launch from 815 kg to a low inclination orbit of 500 km. They were created to launch small satellites that support communications services ranging from broadband internet, GPS, IoT to space and earth imaging.
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Using carbon composite frameworks and 3D-printed components, Skyroot Aerospace developed the rocket in about two years with more than 200 engineers. The mission, dubbed “Saaral”, will validate Skyroot Aerospace’s technology to launch payloads of up to 800 kg into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
The rocket is a short-lift launch vehicle that will usher in a new era for the space industry, which will be liberalized by the government in June 2020 to allow private sector participation, according to Skyroot Aerospace.