Space startup Skyroot Aerospace on Tuesday unveiled the indigenously built Vikram-1 rocket, which is expected to launch satellites into low Earth orbit early next year.
Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh also inaugurated ‘MAX-Q Campus', the startup's new headquarters at GMR Aerospace and Industrial Park in Mamidipally in south Hyderabad.
Singh toured Skyroot's headquarters, which is spread over 60,000 square meters and is billed as the country's largest private rocket development facility under one roof.
Vikram-1 is a multi-stage launch vehicle capable of placing about 300 kg of payload into low orbit. It's an all-carbon-fiber-bodied rocket that can put multiple satellites into orbit and features 3D-printed liquid-liquid engines. Scheduled for launch in early 2024, the Vikram-I will be Skyroot's second rocket, following the successful launch of the Vikram-S rocket on November 18 last year.
Skyroot's new headquarters houses integrated design, manufacturing and test facilities for building space launch vehicles and design space for a 300-strong workforce. On its journey into space, each rocket must pass a point of maximum stress called “Max-Q”. Our MAX-Q headquarters serves as a powerful symbol of our unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and achieving the extraordinary, all towards our mission of Open Space for All,” said Pawan Chandana, co-founder and CEO of Skyroot Aerospace.
“Skyroot is not only an example of India's supreme talent and scientific acumen, but it also has a message for all of us that huge potential lay dormant for several decades before Prime Minister Narendra Modi came along and broke the taboo of the past and opened up India's space sector to public-private partnerships.” PPP),” Singh said. Unveiling the Vikram-1 space launch vehicle on the day of the inauguration of the company's new headquarters is a moment of great pride, said Bharat Dhaka, co-founder and CEO of Skyroot.
“Our design prowess and state-of-the-art in-house technology have been integral to the creation of Vikram-1. As we eagerly prepare for launch in 2024, we will continue to provide further updates on the orbital mission with Vikram-1,” Dhaka. said.