INDIA - First Privately Built Rocket

Arno Froese

An Indian aerospace startup has launched the country’s first privately made rocket—a milestone in India’s effort to foster a private space industry.

The rocket, called Vikram-S, was launched to applause from onlookers from the government-run Satish Dhawan Space Center, near the city of Chennai. 

The rocket was aloft for about five minutes, and reached Mach 5, five times the speed of sound.

The company behind the rocket is Skyroot, based in Hyderabad and founded by former engineers in the Indian Space Research Organization. The rocket is named after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of India’s space program.

“A historic moment for India as the rocket Vikram-S, developed by Skyroot Aerospace, took off from Sriharikota today! It is an important milestone in the journey of India’s private space industry,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote. “This accomplishment bears testimony to the immense talent of our youth, who took full advantage of the landmark space sector reforms of June 2020.”, 18 November 2022

Arno's Commentary

Launching rockets into space some 90 km high is nothing new. We know that billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson launched themselves into space aboard vessels built by their own space companies.

The beginning of space flight started on 3 November 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik I. From that point on, over 366 human space flights have taken place, with no end in sight.

What is the purpose? In simple terms: national pride. It originates with Lucifer, whose fourfold “I will” is expressed in Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Of course, great scientific knowledge is gained from these flights, particularly when it comes to communication and defense. Nations the world over are concerned about other nations that may have evil intentions; thus, defense in necessary. However, that’s open to interpretation; it all depends on one’s received indoctrination. We still live in the time of which Jesus spoke: “Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Luke 21:10).

Where will it all lead? We may answer with one word: peace, albeit temporary. In the meantime, Joel 3:10 is applicable: “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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