👉Context: Vikram-S, India’s first privately developed launch vehicle, is set to take off from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) launchpad in Sriharikota as part of Mission Prarambh (the beginning).
•👉It is a mission under which Vikram-S – India’s first privately developed launch vehicle by Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace will carry 3 customer satellites (2 Indian and 1 foreign) in a sub-orbital flight.
•👉Suborbital flights travel at a slower rate than orbital velocity – velocity at which a body revolves around the other body. They are fast enough to reach outer space but not fast enough to remain in orbit around the Earth.
•👉A tribute to Vikram Sarabhai – founder of the Indian space programme, the launch vehicles have been crafted specially for the small satellite (between 5-1000 kg) market.