VIKRAM-S, India’s 1st Pvt. Rocket

Vikram-S, India’s first privately developed rocket, lifted off recently from the Indian Space
Research Organization’s (ISRO) launchpad in Sriharikota.

  • The mission, codenamed Prarambh (the beginning), is the Indian private sector’s first entry
    into the lucrative space launch market.
    About Vikram-S rocket:
  • It is a single-stage solid-fuel suborbital launch vehicle named after Vikram Sarabhai, the
    pioneer of India’s space program.
    o The spacecraft travels slower than the orbital velocity in a sub-orbital flight, which
    means it is fast enough to reach outer space but not fast enough to maintain an orbit
    around the Earth.
  • The launch vehicle’s engine, Kalam-80, is named after former President A P J Abdul Kalam.
  • The Vikram-S is a Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) that will carry payloads weighing
    between 290 and 560 kg (PSLV, India’s workhorse, can carry up to 1,750 kg) into sunsynchronous polar orbits.

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