Framework MOU Signed with M/s Skyroot for Access to ISRO Facilities

Vikram boosters (Credit: Skyroot Aerospace)

BENGALURU, India (ISRO PR) — Department of Space has today, September 11, 2021, entered into a Framework MoU with M/s Skyroot Aerospace Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad for access to ISRO facilities and expertise towards the development and testing of subsystems/systems of Space Launch Vehicles. The Framework MoU will enable the company for undertaking multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centers and also enable to avail technical expertise of ISRO for testing and qualifying their space launch vehicle systems and subsystems.

On the occasion, M/s Skyroot representatives also met Dr K Sivan, Secretary, DOS/ Chairman, ISRO and presented the status of activities. Dr K Sivan, appreciated M/s Skyroot team and assured all support for successfully realising their launch vehicle. Shri R Umamaheswaran, Scientific Secretary, ISRO and Chairman, Interim IN-SPACe Committee, signed the Framework MoU on behalf of DOS and Mr Pawan Chandana, CEO, M/s Skyroot Aerospace signed the Framework MoU from the company side.

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Skyroot is a private launch vehicle provider founded by three former ISRO employees, Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka and Vasudevan Gnanagandhi. The Hyderabad-based startup has been financially backed by Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, co-founders of the Curefit health and fitness company.

Skyroot is developing a family of Vikram boosters designed to be assembled and launched within 24 to 72 hours with minimal infrastructure. Launch vehicle specifications are below.

Vikram I

  • 225 kg to 500 km sun synchronous polar orbit (SSPO)
  • 315 kg to 45º inclination 500 km low Earth orbit (LEO)
  • Highly reliable solid propulsion stages with proven design heritage.
  • Orbital Adjustment Module with re-start capability enables multi-orbit insertions.
  • Requires minimal range infrastructure. Can be assembled and launched within 24 hours from any launch site.

Vikram II

  • 410 kg to 500 km SSPO
  • 520 kg to 45º inclination 500 km LEO
  • Advanced methalox engine replaces third stage of Vikram 1.
  • Upper stage cryo-engine with re-start capability enables multi-orbit insertions.
  • Requires minimal range infrastructure. Can be assembled and launched within 72 hours from any launch site.

Vikram III

  • 580 kg to 500 km SSPO
  • 720 kg to 45º inclination 500 km LEO
  • Upgrade to Vikram 2 with additional low-cost strap-on solid rocket boosters.
  • Upper stage engine with re-start capability enables multi-orbit insertions.
  • Requires minimal range infrastructure. Can be assembled and launched within 72 hours from any launch site.

The launch vehicles are named for Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, who is known as the father of Indian space program. The physicist and astronomer helped found and served as chairman of the Indian National Committee for Space Research, which later became ISRO.