Skyroot Aerospace successfully tests Vikram-1’s third stage!1 month ago Rituka M
Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based space-tech startup, found in 2018 by former ISRO scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharath Daka has made news again. Their core offering, the Vikram series, gets its name after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian Space Program. Staying on track with its plans to launch Vikram-1 into orbit, the company announced on 19th May its successful testing of the Vikram-1 rocket’s third engine. Completing the milestone of full duration test-firing of its Vikram-1 rocket stage named Kalam-100, the third stage of Vikram-1 produces a peak vacuum thrust of 100 kN (about10 tons) and has a burn time of 108 seconds.
“Full duration stage level testing is a major milestone for the development of our flagship orbital vehicle Vikram-1. The stage has delivered excellent performance and this success gives great confidence for our other rocket stages planned to be tested soon.” Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-Founder, and CEO.
“This is best in class rocket stage of this size, with record propellant loading and firing duration. It also uses an all-carbon composite structure for delivering the best performance,” added Naga Bharath Daka, Co-Founder and COO.
This stage of testing was conducted at Solar Industries India Ltd. facilities, which is one of their investors. “This is the largest rocket stage ever designed, manufactured, and tested completely in the Indian private sector. We are proud to be a part of this achievement by supporting the propellant processing and static testing at our world-class facilities in Nagpur;” says Manish Nuwal, MD, and CEO of Solar Industries.
Adding further, Mr. Eswaran V.G. says; “State-of-the-art technology like carbon composite case, high propellant volumetric loading up to 94 percent, lighter EPDM based thermal protection system, and submerged nozzle have been validated through the successful static test.” He is a veteran Indian rocket scientist and Vice President of Propulsion at Skyroot Aerospace.