India’s first privately built rocket – Vikram-suborbital (VKS)- was launched by the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). The rocket – developed by Skyroot Aerospace – has been named after Vikram Sarabhai, hailed as the father of India’s space sector. In a bid to symbolise a new start, the mission has been named ‘Prarambh’. The launch took place from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at around 11.30 am. The rocket was said to have achieved the peak apogee of 89 km while the target was 80 km.
Dr Pawan Kumar Goenka, chairman, IN-SPACe called it a “milestone” and “a new era” in the space history of India with a private player witnessing a successful launch. “This is a new begining for the private sector as it enters the space sector,” he asserted.
This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened the space sector for participation by private players in June 2020.
Earlier this week, union minister Jitendra Singh had posted a video in a tweet: “Following PM @narendramodi’s decision to open Space sector for private participation, India all set to make history by launching from Sriharikota the first-ever private Rocket “Vikram-S” developed by #StartUp “Skyroot Aerospace” under the guidance of #ISRO. #OpeningSpaceForAll (sic).”