Hyderabad, July 21, 2023 – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing the country’s space ecosystem by enabling a groundbreaking rocket-engine test conducted by Hyderabad-based space start-up, Skyroot.
The momentous test, held at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) Mahendragiri, was made possible through the support of IN-SPACe, marking a significant step in fostering private participation in India’s space endeavors.
Skyroot’s Raman-II engine, meticulously designed to generate 820 N (Sea Level) and 1460 N (Vacuum) thrust, with a nominal chamber pressure of 8.5 bar absolute, showcased the start-up’s dedication to cutting-edge technology. The regeneratively cooled engine, manufactured through additive manufacturing techniques, uses eco-friendly Mono Methyl Hydrazine and Nitrogen Tetroxide as propellants, reflecting Skyroot’s commitment to sustainable solutions.
The 10-second duration test, conducted in the Liquid Thruster Test Facility (LTTF) at IPRC, surpassed all expectations by achieving optimal performance during start transient, steady state, and shut-off. Skyroot’s ambitious plans involve integrating the Raman-II engine into the fourth stage of their esteemed launch vehicle, Vikram-I, which promises to revolutionize space exploration.
Throughout the test, the facility’s systems performed flawlessly, meeting the engine inlet conditions at T0. The instrumentation systems demonstrated remarkable precision, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the test results.
ISRO’s committed support to private players, start-ups, and Non-Government Entities (NGEs) has proven crucial in driving India’s space eco-system towards self-sufficiency and global recognition. By enabling cutting-edge companies like Skyroot, ISRO continues to drive progress and elevate India’s standing in the international space community.
Success of Skyroot Raman-II engine test marks significant milestone
The success of the Raman-II engine test marks a significant milestone, not only for Skyroot but also for India’s space ambitions. With a series of further tests planned to refine and validate the engine’s capabilities, the nation’s space industry is poised for unprecedented growth and innovation.
About ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the space agency of the Government of India, responsible for India’s space research and exploration endeavors. With a rich legacy of achievements, ISRO continues to drive advancements in space technology, satellite launch capabilities, and space exploration.