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Xinhua News Agency, New Delhi, November 18 (Reporter Zhao Xu) The Indian Space Research Organization said on the 18th that India's first rocket "Vikram-S" manufactured by a private company was successfully launched on the same day.

At about 11:30 local time on the 18th (about 14:00 Beijing time on the 18th), the rocket was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota Island, Andhra Pradesh, southeastern India. The Indian Space Research Organization subsequently issued a short statement saying that the launch mission was successfully completed.

Indian media reported that this single-stage solid rocket was designed and manufactured by the start-up Skyroot Aerospace and named after Vikram, the main pioneer of India's aerospace industry. The first mission successfully validated the rocket's design and technology, demonstrating its ability to deliver payloads into low-Earth orbit.

After the successful launch, the company issued a statement saying that this is the first rocket manufactured by a private company to be successfully launched in India. Its flight process has reached all design parameters, and the rocket has reached a maximum altitude of nearly 90 kilometers. In addition to the "Vikram-S", there are 3 models in the Vikram rocket series, which are designed to send payloads of 480 kg, 595 kg and 815 kg into low-inclination orbits.

India announced in 2020 that it would open its space field to private companies, which had been dominated by the Indian Space Research Organization before. This launch marks the beginning of private companies entering the Indian space industry.

(Editors in charge: Yu Yang, Liu Hui)

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