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Watch video: ISRO successfully launches India’s first privately built rocket Vikram-S

New Delhi: India's first privately developed rocket Vikram-S will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from its spaceport in Sriharikota from Chennai, at 11:30 am today. Vikram-S went up to a height of 89.5 km after launch and met all the standards.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from its spaceport in Sriharikota from Chennai, at 11:30 am today. Vikram-S went up to a height of 89.5 km after launch and met all the standards.

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Prarambh is the maiden mission of Hyderabad-based space-tech startup Skyroot Aerospace, and received support from ISRO as well as the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (INSPACe). It is carrying three payloads. Preparations had already been made for the maiden launch of the Vikram-S rocket by four-year-old start-up Skyroot Aerospace.

ISRO announced on Twitter, “Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished. Congratulations”. Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who was at Sriharikota to witness the historic launch, said that the rocket launch was a turning point for Indian startups.

This is the entry of the private sector in the country’s space industry. “Launched! Vikram-S creates history as India’s first private rocket to grace the skies. Join us on this momentous occasion,” Skyroot Aerospace, the startup that developed Vikram-S rocket, announced in a tweet. We thank you all for staying.”

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The name of this rocket has been given after the famous Indian scientist and founder of ISRO, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. Recently ISRO Chief Dr. Somnath also unveiled the mission patch of the Skyroot company’s mission start. Two indigenous and one foreign payloads are also going on this rocket. This six meter high rocket is the world’s first all composite rocket. It has 3D-pretended solid thrusters. So that his spin capability can be handled.

During this flight, the rocket avionics, telemetry, tracking, inertial measurement, global positioning system, onboard camera, data acquisition and power system will be tested. This is a sub-orbital flight. In which satellites of Chennai-based space startup SpaceKidz, Andhra Pradesh-based N-SpaceTech and Armenia’s BazoomQ Space Research Lab are going.

Vikram-S rocket has 3D-printed cryogenic engines. Whose test was done on November 25 last year at the test facility of Solar Industry Limited, Nagpur. Small satellites will be installed in the prescribed orbit of space with this rocket. The weight of this rocket is 545 kg. The diameter is 0.375 m. It flew to a height of 83 to 100 km.

3D cryogenic engine is more reliable than the common cryogenic engine. It is also 30 to 40 percent cheaper. This cryogenic engine will also be used in Vikram-2 and 3. At present, Skyroot has plans to make three types of rockets. Vikram-1, 2 and 3. The reason for cheap launching is also the change in its fuel. Instead of common fuel, the help of LNG i.e. Liquid Natural Gas and Liquid Oxygen (LoX) has been taken. It is economical and pollution free.

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