HYDERABAD -ISRO has successfully completed many missions starting with first rocket from bullock cart to Mars mission. To keep this journey forward we need private firms like NASA, Govt firms and it is working with private firms like Boeing, Nortrhop Grumman etc. for its complex and crucial missions. To fill this gap in India, GOI launched IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre) a regulatory body which will help and provide guidance to interested firms for space exploration. Skyroot is first such Indian startup and ready to launch its first vehicle in 2021. Its journey started two year back in 2018 in Hyderabad, founded by young and enthusiast entrepreneurs Pawan kumar and Naga Bharath, IIT graduates and were former ISRO scientists.
Skyroot – Recent Missions
Skyroot started developing its three rockets Vikram I, Vikram II and Vikram III with initial funding of $4.5mn, tribute to father of our Aerospace program Vikram Sarabhai. Skyroot has successfully test-fired its first and indigenous engine Raman (Nobel prize winner Indian Physicist) another step to “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. It is developed using 3D printing technology and by reducing engine’s weight by 50 %,, another benefit is it requires less components as compare to manufacturing process. Raman engine is one of most advance engines capable of multi restart (in flight) and launching of satellite at multilevel in orbit.
Raman Engine Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwe3IJItsg
Skyroot- Lowest launch time and cost
The Skyroot coined new term Democratization and wanted to make them affordable. Main USP of this startup is to reduce satellite launch time and cost. In normal scenario satellite launch takes 7-8 months and costly like some organization is charging $40k per kg while Skyroot will be very cost effective than international player. Skayroot can launch rockets in 24-72 hrs from any site/where and first launch will be from ISRO’s launch pad in Dec 2021.
Skyroot- Future Missions
Skyroot planning to launch Vikram II and Vikram III. These are more powerful rockets than the Vikram I. However, they based on the Vikram I and vary in stages, power, orbit and payload capacity. Working on most powerful rocket to launch in GEO stationary orbit. Skyroot has not yet decided the 4th rocket’s name and specification but they working on it as future launch vehicle. We are watching Skyroot and update you on timely basis for new launches and developments.
image source – Skyroot
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