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Skyrocket Aerospace is set to create history with the launch of India’s first privately developed rocket into space. Here’s why it’s such a big deal for the country:

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  • The mission is expected to launch in the second week of November.
  • The Prarambh mission will witness the launch of the Vikram S rocket.
  • The Parambh mission will launch from Sriharikota to an altitude of 120 km above the planet.

By Crox Media Group: Skyroot Aerospace, a startup based out of Telangana, has announced that India’s first developed rocket launched in November. The home-grown Vikram S rocket will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, marking India’s advent into commercial space exploration.

The mission Prarambh is expected to launch in the second week of November on a demonstration flight with the Vikram-S launch and three separate payloads. Following that, the company will launch a fully powered Vikram-1 rocket.

What is the Prarambh Mission?

The Prarambh (that means beginning) mission will witness the launch vehicle developed by Telangana-based aerospace startup Skyroot Aerospace. The rocket will carry these student-made payloads, including one from SpaceKidz India, which has been developed by many students across the globe.

The Prarambh mission will launch from Sriharikota to an altitude of 120 km above the surface of the Earth, officially crossing the Karmen line where actual space begins.

Skyroot has been developing three variants of the Vikram rocket. While Vikram I can carry 480 kilogrammes of the payload into low Earth orbit, Vikram II is equipped to lift off with 595 kilogrammes of cargo. Meanwhile, Vikram-III can be launched into a 500 km low inclination orbit with an 815 kg payload.

What’s the big deal about it?

The launch marks a new beginning in the Indian Space Sector, which has so far been the only domain of the Indian Space Research Organization. ISRO is liable for designing, developing, and launching rockets and missions into space. The launch of the Prarambh Mission heralds a new era in which the private sector relieves the burden placed on public organizations.

ISRO chief S. Somnath has said the country needs new players in the space sector to make economically viable programmes.

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