India’s first privately-built rocket successfully test-fired
The launch was from Sriharikota on November 18, 2022 at 11.30 am.
Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace is the manufacturer of the VIKRAM-S rocket.
While the rocket was named after Vikram Sarabha, the power source engine was named KALAM-80 as a tribute to India’s Missile Man Abdul Kalam.
The single-stage sub-orbital vehicle VIKRAM-S rocket’s CORE STRUCTURE is made of carbon composites.
The ENGINE THRUSTERS, which control the spin-stability of the rocket, are manufactured using 3D printing technology.
The Propulsion System of the KALAM-80 engine is capable of achieving an intense Vaccum Thrust of up to 7 tons.
The Maximum Thrust of India’s PSLV is more than 70 tons.
About 80% of the VIKRAM Series are now undergoing Test Flight to test their systems and operational efficiency.
In sub-orbital flight, the vehicle can achieve sufficient speed to enter space. So it cannot stay in an exact orbit.
The project named “Prarambh” is the next to use VIKRAM-1 rocket. It is hoped that the launch will be possible in 2023 itself.
Vikram-1 will increase in size and capability as compared to VIKRAM-S it will have to perform orbital flight.
Manufactured by Skyroot Aerospace itself.