ISRO Creates ‘Private’ Space: Mission Prarambh

Vikram Zooms into its own space...

ISRO Creates ‘Private’ Space: Mission Prarambh

Launches Startup Skyroot’s Roket

This accomplishment bears testimony to the immense talent of our youth, says PM Modi

SRIHARIKOTA, Andhra Pradesh, Nov 18 (The CONNECT) - Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished, said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after making history by launching successfully India’s maiden private Vikram-suborbital (VKS) rocket.

Skyroot Aerospace said, “Vikram-S makes history as the first private rocket of India to grace the skies”.

Skyroot was the first StartUp to sign a MoU with ISRO for launching its rockets. Apart from being the nation's first private launch, it is also the maiden mission of Skyroot Aerospace, named “Prarambh”.

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO and said: It is an important milestone in the journey of India’s private space industry.

"This accomplishment bears testimony to the immense talent of our youth, who took full advantage of the landmark space sector reforms of June 2020,” Modi complimented.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who was present at the launching site, in his very first reaction said , "Congratulations India! A new beginning in India's Space journey! Thanks so very much PM Narendra Modi ji for making this effort possible by opening the Space sector to public-private-participation. A turning point for India's Start-Up movement! Kudos ISRO for a new feather in your much decorated hat".

The Minister said, this is a major milestone in the journey of ISRO, after Prime Minister Modi unlocked the Space Sector in 2020 for private participation

Dr Jitendra Singh said, ISRO has added another feather in its glorious Space Journey, setting a new milestone in the 75 years history of independent India. The Minister said, the launch has put India among the frontline Space Powers of the World and many aspiring countries will look forward to take cues from Indian expertise. He described this as a major milestone after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unlocked the Space Sector in India two years ago for private participation.

Dr Jitendra Singh informed that Vikram-S is a single stage fuel rocket meant to test most systems and processes in Skyroot Aerospace’s project ahead of the launch of Vikram-1 next year. He said, the rocket goes to the max altitude of 81.5 kilometres and splashes into the sea and the overall duration of launch is about 300 seconds only.

ISRO said in a statement that Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished, while the Skyroot Aerospace said that Vikram-S makes history as the first private rocket of India to grace the skies. It carried a total of three payloads in space, including one from the foreign customers.

Later, addressing the media, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the ambitious dream for India that Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the first Chairman of ISRO and the founding father of India's Space Programme saw sitting in his primitive scientific set up, stands gloriously vindicated today.

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that Dr Vikram Sarabhai always insisted on ISRO playing a meaningful role “nationally” and said it was a vindication that during the eight years of the Government led by Prime Minister Modi, the youth talent of India, which was waiting to be explored, got new outlets to give full play to their potential with a fiery zeal. He said, India was always having the huge talent pool and passion to dream big, but finally it was Modi who gave them a perfect outlet.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, Space reforms have unleashed innovative potentials of StartUps and within a short span of time, from a couple of Space Start-ups three -four years back, today we have 102 start-ups working in cutting-edge areas of space debris management, nano-satellite, launch vehicle, ground systems, research etc. 

The Minister underlined that PM Modi has enabled India to earn universal recognition for India's science, technology, innovation capabilities and our StartUps are much sought after. The whole world is looking at India as an inspirational place, as it is helping budding countries in capacity building and satellite building including nanosatellites, he said.

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