Hyderabad-based Indian Aerospace startup Skyroot Aerospace has become the first Indian private company to test an upper-stage rocket engine successfully. The successful test proved the capability of the startup to build a homegrown rocket engine.
It is a proud moment for India that an Indian startup is entering into the private space launch industry. Recently SpaceX had created history when it collaborated with NASA and launched a rocket. It was the first time when a private company launched a rocket.
It appears that India also is now getting regulatory support to clear the way for private players to participate.
Skyroot is leading the Space Tech game in India and on its way to becoming the first private space launch vehicle maker in the country. This new, successful upper stage engine burn test demonstrated this.
5 Facts about Spacetech Startup Skyroot Aerospace
- Skyroot was founded just two years ago by a team that includes former engineers of the rocket design center of ISRO. Veterans from Indian Space and Defence programs bring forth over three centuries of collective experience building rocket systems.
- Pawan Kumar Chandana is the Co-Founder, CEO & CTO of Skyroot Aerospace. He is the Former Engineer from Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO. He worked in the capacity of system engineering of the world’s third-largest solid rocket stage & deputy project manager of the latest launch vehicle project. An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia
- The Indian Aerospace startup has raised $4.3 million to date and is currently going through the funding process again to secure another $15 million by 2021.
- Skyroot Aerospace expects its first rocket by 2021 as it is working to reduce launch costs by a third.
- The firm is developing a family of rockets named after Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India’s space program. Vikram, named after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian Space Program, is a series of launch vehicles uniquely crafted for the small satellite market. Built on a typical architecture and covering a wide range of payloads, they offer the most affordable and on-demand ride to space. This successful test-fire of the upper stage engine, nickname ‘Raman’ after Indian physicist and Nobel prize winner C.V. Raman, is an essential step because it will handle the final insertion of any payload satellites into the orbit.
According to ET, “Skyroot is one of the rare companies building expertise in cryogenic and solid propulsion. Solid propulsion is the cheaper for small rocket launchers, and cryogenic propulsion is complicated, but provides efficiency and scalability for larger vehicles and payloads.”
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