The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to make history on Friday when it launches the first-ever private rocket on Friday, setting a new milestone in the 75 years journey of independent India.
Union Science & Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said that this would be a major milestone in the journey of ISRO after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unlocked the space sector in India two years ago for private participation.
He said that the non-government entity, startup Skyroot Aerospace Pvt Ltd (SAPL), had developed the Vikram-suborbital (VKS) rocket, a single-stage spin stabilised solid propellant rocket with a mass of approximately 550 kg. He said the rocket goes to the max altitude of 101 km and splashes into the sea and the overall duration of the launch is only 300 seconds.
Skyroot was the first startup to sign an MoU with ISRO for launching its rockets. Apart from being the nation’s first private launch, it will also be the maiden mission of Skyroot Aerospace, named “Prarambh”. It will carry three payloads in space, including one from foreign customers.
The Minister said it would provide a level playing field for cost-efficient satellite launch services by disrupting the entry barriers and helping startups make spaceflights affordable and reliable.
Space reforms have unleashed the innovative potential of startups. Within a short span of time, from a couple of space startups three-four years back, today the country has 102 startups working in cutting-edge areas of space debris management, nano-satellite, launch vehicle, ground systems, research etc., he said, adding that with the integration of R&D, academia and industry, it is safe to say that a ‘Space Revolution’ led by the ISRO along with the private sector and startups is on the horizon.
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