Hyderabad-Based Startup ‘Skyroot Aerospace’ Successfully Test Fires Solid Propulsion Rocket Stage Kalam-5
Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based space tech startup, announced a successful test firing of its solid propulsion rocket stage ‘Kalam-5’.
As per the startup, this is the first time a private company has successfully designed, developed and tested a full-solid propulsion rocket stage.
The solid propulsion rocket stage has been built with an advanced carbon composite structure (five-times lighter than steel) in a completely automated process, said the company in an official statement.
Founded by former ISRO scientists- Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharath Daka, Skyroot Aerospace is building technologies for responsive, reliable, and economic access to space.
Talking about Kalam-5, Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-founder & CEO of Skyroot Aerospace, said,
“Kalam-5 is a demonstrator solid rocket propulsion stage with exactly the same propellant, materials, and interfaces as the three solid propulsion stages of the Vikram-1 launch vehicle. It gives a peak Sea Level thrust of 5.3kN and designed to take 66 atmospheres and 30,000 C of combustion pressure and temperature respectively.”
Skyroot Aerospace also said that it is in the process of raising $15 million in funding in 2021.
The co-founders also stated that their first vehicle, Vikram-I, is under manufacturing. Vikram-I is expected to be launched in December 2021 with the help of ISRO.
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