India’s own Elon Musks have roots in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: When world’s only operational small rockets maker Rocket Lab, a New Zend-American space technology start-up, attempted test launch of its lightweight orbital rocket Electron in May 2017, Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace was still a germ of an idea.
It’s founders Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharath Daka, both IITians who had joined ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram together in 2012, were busy in their respective jobs -- Chandana at ISRO and Daka with semiconductor company linx in Hyderabad. But both were dreaming of making rockets and over six months after draft Space Activities Bill 2017 was unveiled, they decided to start Skyroot Aerospace armed with inspiration from Elon Musk and Rocket Lab and a Rs 10.3 crore seed funding from Curefit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori. “When we took the l of fa th in June 2018 there were no guidelines for private players to come in. Cabinet approval for private sector participation two months back came at perfect time,” said Pawan, which created history by test firing its upper stage rocket engine Rn in July end at a go nment facility near Hyderabad. Skyroot’s 40-member team designed India’s first 100% 3D-printed bi-propellant liquid rocket engine injector that helped reduce its overall mass by 50% and total number of components and lead time by 80%, said Chandana, expning what would have taken 3-4 months took only a couple of weeks thanks to 3D printing. Startup has also developed in-house the software for launch vehicle guidance, navigation and control functions and is testing onboard avionics modules, said Bharath.
其创始人帕万·库马尔·钱德纳和纳迦·巴拉斯·达卡都是印度理工学院的学生，两人在2012年一起加入了ISRO的Vikram Sarabhai航天中心，各自忙于各自的工作——钱德纳在ISRO工作，达卡在海得拉巴的半导体公司linx工作。但两人的梦想都是制造火箭。在2017年太空活动草案公布6个多月后，他们决定创立Skyroot Aerospace，灵感来自埃隆·马斯克和火箭实验室，及Curefit创始人穆克什·班萨和安吉特·纳森提供了1.03亿卢比种子基金。
Having raised Rs 31.5 crore, Skyroot is now in parleys to raise Rs 90 crore to build one of the chest small rockets. While most global space startups raised funding of over $100 mn for their first test launch, we will be able to do it at one-fifth the cost, said Chandana.
Skyroot plans launch vehicle by December 2021
Skyroot is now working on putting its first launch vehicle Vikram-I into space by December 2021, said Daka, adding that rocket will have capability to insert multiple satellites into orbit and can be assembled and launched within 24 hours from any launch site. But before that other stages of the rocket will be tested over the next 6-12 months. “There are three more stages of manufacturing that we are working on. Most of them have been designed and are in final stages of manufacturing,” expned Chandana. Skyroot is building small rockets that can launch multiple small commercial satellites and is eyeing revenues from satellite launches.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50651.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Such talents needs to be taken care of by GOI else they can easily be poached by any Country.
Blessed are those who dream big and pursue it...
These Brilliant boys are a true inspiration for our youth and fitting Brand Ambassadors for Make in India campaign. Gt should proactively come forward to offer all required facilities and support their endeavour that will place India in the forefront of world Space Technology sector.
i agree with you all, they should encouraged and supported fianancially intially to do big.
Give a chance to younger generation, free of re gion, caste, etc. Indians will show rocket like development in all fields.
zing guys... may you be successful in your endevour.
D P Bhat
Most promising entrepreneurs ! Deserve all the support of ISRO !
More power and support to these brilliant minds needed.
Hindustan have given many gems to the world from ancient time to modern time. congrats to pavan and naga
make sure that their start-up doesn't take any investments
Yet another proof that INDIA will be a pioneer in the world, for such innovative technologies at dirt ch cost.My best wishes to the duo. I am sure, they will come out with FLYING COLOURS.
There is no match for IIT engineers across the world.
all the best
My humble request to both Chandana and Daka both aerospace engineers to design and manufacture an engine for Tejas fighter planes which are equiped with American made GE engines at present. Hindustan Aeronautics engineers are unable to make one for last 35 years so far
A matter of pridefor Idia
congratulation and best wishes for their efforts.
Congratulations, keep up the good work
太棒了! ! !