Hyderabad-based start-up Skyroot Aerospace has successfully completed the full firing test of its Vikram-1 rocket stage. Vikram-1 is India’s first privately designed and developed rocket for commercial missions. With the successful firing test of the Vikram-1 rocket stage, the company is on track to launch its first complete rocket.
Vikram-1 has three solid fuel stages. Each stage has a burn time of between 80 and 108 seconds. Vikram-1’s third stage was named ‘Kalam-100’ after famed Indian rocket scientist and former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It produces a maximum vacuum thrust of 100 kN (or ~10 tons) and has a burn time of 108 seconds, according to a statement released by the company.
Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-Founder and CEO of Skyroot, said, “Comprehensive stage level testing is a major milestone for the development of our flagship Vikram-1 orbital vehicle. The stage delivered excellent performance and this success gives great confidence for our other rocket stages to be tested soon.
Meanwhile, Manish Nuwal, MD and CEO of Solar Industries India Limited and investor in Skyroot Aerospace, said, “This is the largest rocket stage ever designed, manufactured and tested entirely in the Indian private sector.
Last year Skyroot Aerospace successfully tested its first solid rocket propulsion stage demonstrator called Kalam-5. The company claims that Kalam-5 is not only cost effective, but also very reliable with fewer moving parts. Additionally, it can withstand “the pressure of 66 atmospheres and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius.”
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)
First post: STI