Skyroot Aerospace first private company to test upper stage rocket engine

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News: Spacetech startup Skyroot Aerospace has become the first Indian private company to successfully test fire a rocket engine named Raman.

Facts:

  • Raman: It is a 3-D printed upper stage rocket engine that can send satellites of 250-700 kgs into a lower earth orbit.The engine has fewer parts and weighs less than a conventional rocket engine. 

Additional Facts:

  • Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe): It is an independent nodal agency under the Department of Space for allowing space activities and usage of Department of Space (DOS) owned facilities by non-government private entities(NGPEs) as well as to prioritise the launch manifest.
  • New Space India Ltd(NSIL): It is a Central Public Sector Enterprise under Department of Space and Commercial Arm of ISRO established to scale up the industry participation in Indian space programmes.