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ISRO all set to make history, Vikram launch will herald level playing field : Dr Jitendra Singh


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

is all set to make history on Friday when it launches first-ever private

rocket, setting a new milestone in the 75 years journey of independent


Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology

Dr Jitendra Singh, who will be personally present in Sriharikota to

witness the historic maiden private launch of Vikram-suborbital (VKS)

rocket 1130 hrs tomorrow, in a statement said, this will be a major

milestone in the journey of ISRO, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi

had unlocked the Space Sector in India two years ago for private


Dr Jitendra Singh said the Non-Government Entity/ StartUp,

Skyroot Aerospace Pvt Ltd (SAPL) has developed the VKS

rocket, which is a single stage spin stabilised solid propellant

rocket with a lift off mass of about 550 kg.

He said, the rocket goes to the max altitude of 101 km and

splashes into the sea and the overall flight duration will last

only 300 seconds.

Dr Jitendra Singh said 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 will also be the maiden

mission of Skyroot Aerospace, named “Prarambh”.

It will carry a total of three payloads in space, including one

from the foreign customers.

The Minister said it will provide a level playing field for cost

efficient satellite launch services by disrupting the entry

barriers and will also help the start-ups to make spaceflights

affordable and reliable.

“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”, he added.

The Minister said with the integration of R&D, academia

and Industry with equal stake, it is safe to say that a

Space Revolution led by ISRO along with the private

sector and Start-ups is on the horizon.

Dr Jitendra Singh underlined that Modi has enabled India

to earn universal recognition for India’s science, technology,

innovation capabilities and our StartUps are much sought


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.

Referring to applications of Space Technology to different

sectors like Railways, Highways, Agriculture, Water Mapping,

Smart Cities, Telemedicine and Robotic Surgery, which

brought ‘ease of living’ for common man, Dr Jitendra Singh

said similar applications of Atomic Energy in areas like

Nuclear Agriculture and Crop Improvement, Agri-Tech for

plant and soil health and Radiation technologies for food

preservation, radiation processing of fruits and vegetables

and radiation-based technologies for augmenting crop

growth and water conservation are perfect examples of

developmental mandate of Space and Atomic Energy

sectors from their traditional roles of Satellite launch

and production of clean energy.

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