India first hybrid rocket launched in Chengalpattu

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India's first hybrid rocket made by the school students from various states launched as part of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission 2023 from Pattipulam Village in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu on 19 February.

An overview of the news

  • The reusable rocket has been made by the selected top 100 students.

  • The rocket can be used for research into weather, atmospheric conditions and radiation.

  • Over 3,500 government school students from classes VI to XII, including students from fishermen, tribal communities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, participated in the launch.

  • Martin Foundation in association with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and Space Zone India successfully completed the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission 2023.

What is a Hybrid rocket? 

  • It is a bipropellant rocket engine that uses propellants that are in two different states.

  • These propellants are usually liquid and solid which react to form exhaust gases suitable for rocket propulsion.

India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S

  • India's first private rocket Vikram-S (Suborbital) was launched on 18 November 2022 from  the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

  • It was designed by the Space technology startup Skyroot Aerospace as a tribute to the father of the country's space programme, Vikram Sarabhai.

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