A Hyderabad-based Space technology startup, Skyroot Aerospace has become the first private company to formally enter into an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Framework MoU will allow the company to undertake multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centres and avail the technical expertise of ISRO for testing and qualifying their space launch vehicle systems and subsystems.
The agreement was signed by R Umamaheswaran, scientific secretary at ISRO and chairman at Interim IN-SPACe Committee, and Pawan Chandana, who is the CEO of Skyroot Aerospace.
About the Skyroot Aerospace:
- Skyroot, founded by former ISRO scientists, is building the Vikram series of rockets to carry small satellites into space.
- The startup has already test fired its solid propulsion rocket engine named Kalam-5, whose bigger version will power its rockets.
- Skyroot Aerospace is building the Vikram series of rockets to carry small satellites into space. The first launch vehicle in the series, Vikram-1 is scheduled to be launch in 2022.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- ISRO Chairman: K.Sivan;
- ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka;
- ISRO established: 15 August 1969.