Skyroot Aerospace, based in Hyderabad, successfully tests its rocket engine
Private sector rocket manufacturer Skyroot Aerospace Private Ltd has successfully tested the third stage/engine of its Vikram-1 rocket.
The company on Thursday announced the completion of the full duration test firing stage of its Vikram-1 rocket stage.
Named “Kalam-100” after famed Indian rocket scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the third stage of Vikram-1 produces a maximum vacuum thrust of 100 kN (about 10 tonnes) and has a burn time of 108 seconds.
The rocket stage is built with a high-strength carbon fiber structure, solid fuel, an ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM) thermal protection system and a carbon ablative nozzle.
The rocket stage/engine has no moving parts and a high level of automation in manufacturing.
“Complete stage level testing is a major milestone for the development of our flagship Vikram-1 orbital vehicle. The stage has delivered excellent performance and this success gives great confidence for our other rocket stages to be testing soon,” said Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-founder and CEO.
“This is the best rocket stage in its class of this size, with record propellant loading and firing duration, and using a full carbon composite structure to deliver the best performance,” Naga Bharath Daka added. , co-founder and chief operating officer.
The rocket stage was tested at the facilities of Solar Industries India Ltd, one of Skyroot’s investors.
“This is the largest rocket stage ever designed, manufactured and tested entirely in the Indian private sector. We are proud to be part of this achievement by supporting propellant processing and static testing at our world-class facilities in Nagpur,” Manish said. Nuwal, MD and CEO of Solar Industries.
“Advanced technology like carbon composite housing, high propellant volumetric loading up to 94%, lighter EPDM based thermal protection system and submerged nozzle were validated by the successful static test” , said Eswaran VG, a veteran Indian rocket scientist and vice president of propulsion at Skyroot Aerospace.
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