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India’s first privately developed rocket set to soar today

The country’s first privately made rocket is all set to be launched from here on Friday, with the vehicle named as a tribute to the father of India’s space programme, Vikram Sarabhai.

Vikram-S would be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from its spaceport here, about 115 km from Chennai. Symbolising a new start, the mission has been named ‘Prarambh’ (the beginning).

Developed by four-year-old startup Skyroot Aerospace, today’s event marks the private sector’s maiden foray into the launch vehicle segment, after the space segment was thrown open to private players in 2020.

The 6-metre tall Vikram-S will soar to an altitude of around 81 km after its launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, carrying two domestic payloads and one from a foreign customer.

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