India's first private rocket Vikram-S, carrying 3 payloads, lifts off from Sriharikota
India's first private rocket
: The country's first privately made rocket Vikram-S was launched by the
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from its spaceport, about 115 km from Chennai.
The vehicle has been named as a tribute to the father of India's space programme, Vikram Sarabhai.
Symbolising a new start, the mission has been named 'Prarambh' (the beginning). The rocket has been built by "Skyroot Aerospace".
"I am happy to announce the successful completion of Mission Prarambh - the beginning of Skyroot Aerospace," said Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman of INSPACe.
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 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre,
carrying two domestic payloads and one from a foreign customer.