Promethee, a French company working in the space industry, announced on Friday that it was considering using Indian startup Skyroot Aerospace’s Vikram-series of launch vehicles to place its nanosatellites in orbit.

On the sidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to France, Skyroot co-founder Pawan Kumar Chandana spoke with Promethee President Olivier Piepsz.

According to a joint statement from Chandana and Piepsz, they have decided to research incorporating Skyroot’s Vikram launcher into the process of setting up the Japetus earth observation constellation.

Promethee is a French company that manages constellations of nanosatellites for earth observation.

Founded in January 2020 by Piepsz and Giao-Minh Nguyen, Promethee brings together recognised experts in the fields of space, digital, and services.

In November last year, Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace wrote its name in spacefaring history with the successful launch of its Vikram-S rocket, the first privately built space rocket in India, within four years of its founding.

The company, founded by young former scientists and engineers from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is now developing three variants of the Vikram series of rockets to put small satellites in orbit.

Skyroot Aerospace has been developing three variants of the Vikram rocket.

Vikram-I will be capable of carrying 480 kilograms of payload to Low Earth Orbit, Vikram-II is designed to lift off with 595 kilograms of cargo, while Vikram-III will be able to launch with 815 kg payloads to 500 km Low Inclination Orbit.

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