Private sector rocket maker Skyroot Aerospace Private Ltd successfully tested its Kalam-100 rocket that will power the Vikram-1 rocket’s third stage/engine. The company announced the completion of the milestone of full duration test-firing of its Vikram-1 rocket stage. The third stage, named Kalam-100 after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, was fired for a duration of 108 seconds.
About the test:
- During the test, the rocket produced a peak vacuum thrust of 100 kN (about10 tons) showing its structure built with a high-strength carbon-fibre structure, solid fuel, Ethylene-Propylene-Diene terpolymers (EPDM) thermal protection system, and carbon ablative nozzle.
- The rocket’s stage was tested at the facilities of Solar Industries India Ltd, one of the investors in Skyroot.
- This is the largest rocket stage ever designed, manufactured, and tested completely in the Indian private sector.
- This is best in class rocket stage of this size, with record propellant loading and firing duration, and using all-carbon composite structures for delivering the best performance