- Apr 29, 2015
Skyroot Aerospace, an Indian startup has become the first in the country to test-fire a homegrown upper-stage rocket engine. This is seen as a major milestone in the long-drawn process of building a space faring rocket.
A typical rocket consists of two or more stages, each of which would have its own engines(either single or packed in a cluster). Simply put, a rocket is a combination of multiple engines(stages) that are vertically stacked. While the company has tested the upper-most stage engine, the initial stage engines are being manufactured. If all goes well, the company is looking forward to a maiden launch by December 2021, with the support and guidance of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
WION: Tell us more about the recent engine test. Which rocket variant is this engine meant for and what fuel does this engine use ? How much thrust does this engine generate?To understand the significance of this test and throw light on the fledgling aerospace startup’s rocket launch plans, WION spoke to team Skyroot.
I think it's good. Instead of loosing an ISRO fellow say to a SpaceX or blue origin loosing them to an Indian owned company is better, though not ideal but atleast knowledge will be retained. I am hoping same would happen in defence sector too. Private players are better at retraining the talent and also open to more innovative ideas due to less bureaucracy.Ya Niggiars seen the Unlocking India’s Potential in Space Sector? What do you think on this.
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