Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroot Aerospace is preparing to launch its first rocket 'Vikram-1' to put commercial satellites in space later this year. Skyroot, which manufactures Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV), is one of nine ground breaking startups and is the only space startup in the country, selected under the five-year Startup India initiative.
Pawan Kumar Chandan, co-founder and CEO of Skyroot Aerospace, said, "This year, we have three full efforts of rocket. We will continue to test at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) every 2-3 months and it will be launched at the end of the year. We are building advanced rockets used to launch satellites into space.
We are the first company to produce liquid, solid fuel and 100 percent 3 D printed cryogenic rocket engines. It usually takes two years to build a cryogenic engine, but we built it in 3 days using advanced materials such as 3D printing and super alloy. "
The company won the National Startup Award 2020 in the space department in October for its work. It was founded by former ISRO scientists Pawan Kumar Chandananda and Naga Bharat Daka. Skyroot's co-founder and CEO Naga Bharat Daka says that Skyroot has created about 100 direct and indirect jobs so far and will create thousands of jobs in the future.
Skyroot recently tested the solid propulsion rocket engine Kalam-5, the first of five Kalam series rocket engines. The engine uses carbon composite case. The company has developed the entire cryogenic rocket propellant engine 'Dhawan-1', India's first privately developed indigenous rocket engine, which serves as fuel for liquefied natural gas (LNG). "We are building a special testing facility for the hot fire test of this engine. We aim to test it in April.
In another 'First of India', the company tested its upper phase liquid engine as 'Raman', a two-propelled engine. The engine hosts a 100 percent 3 D printed injector which reduces its total mass by 50% and reduces the number of parts and lead time by 80 percent. It can support long-term missions as an orbiting platform for space experiments and small-scale deep-space missions.