Hydrabad, India based Skyroot Aerospace launched its Vikram-S, a suborbital launch vehicle, from the sounding rocket launch complex at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota (India).
The launch was accomplished successfully on November 18, 2022, at 11:30 am IST. It marks the first launch of a rocket built by a private company in India. The mission was authorized by IN-SPACe.
Meeting its flight parameters, the launcher reached an altitude of about 89.5 km in 155 seconds. The sounding rocket carried three payloads.
The company received many congratulations and well wishes from politicians and celebrities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was especially responsible for stimulating the Indian aerospace sector, tweeted its congratulations shortly after launch.
A historic moment for India as the rocket Vikram-S, developed by Skyroot Aerospace, took off from Sriharikota today! It is an important milestone in the journey of India's private space industry. Congrats to @isro & @INSPACeIND for enabling this feat. pic.twitter.com/IqQ8D5Ydh4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 18, 2022
Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh and Chairman of IN-SPACe congratulated Skyroot for the accomplishment and thanked ISRO for the able support provided.
Vikram Sarabhai saw a dream but was constrained for resources, PM @narendramodi “unlocked” the resources and gave outlet to huge Indian talent that was waiting to happen. “Vikram-S”, India's first-ever private rocket developed by a #StartUp is the vindication. pic.twitter.com/lejemdS7gW
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) November 18, 2022
Indian superstar Ambitabh Bachchan also showed his support and pride.
T 4472 – A moment of the greatest pride .. 🇮🇳 🚀 !! pic.twitter.com/RzziyJtdUs
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 18, 2022