Rocketeers was founded in 2015 by Divyanshu Poddar and Akash Ekka, passionate rocketry enthusiasts from IIST with the aim to increase awareness of model rocketry in India. With fewer than 500 model rockets flown annually across the country, Rocketeers conducts workshops, events, demos, and outreach programs to transform the landscape.
In May 2015, Rocketeers introduced its inaugural model rocket named "Typhoon" and conducted its first workshop at "Career Academy" in Ludhiana. Through this initiative, Rocketeers seeks to inspire enthusiasts and ignite a passion for model rocketry by providing hands-on experiences and educational opportunities.
Rocketeers embarked on an awe-inspiring journey over the next two years, conducting workshops in schools and colleges across the nation. From the bustling metropolises of Bombay and Bangalore to the remote corners of Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, and Sircilla, Telangana, Rocketeers pushed boundaries and brought the wonders of model rocketry to every corner of India. Though limited by a small team and the vastness of the country, their impact was boundless.
Rocketeers revolutionized the Indian rocketry scene in 2018 by introducing the country's first commercially available range of model rocketry products. From components and launch equipment to safety gear and complete DIY kits, enthusiasts could now build and fly rockets on their own. With online ordering and nationwide delivery, rocketry spread like wildfire, transforming the landscape and igniting the passion of thousands.
The introduction of Rocketeers' model rocketry products in India had an extraordinary impact. In 2019 alone, over 60,000 model rockets took to the skies, a testament to the transformative power of accessible and affordable rocketry. From humble beginnings, a vibrant community of rocketeers emerged, pushing boundaries, reaching for the stars, and inspiring generations to dream big and explore the wonders of the universe.
Rocketeers achieved a monumental feat, creating a Guinness World Record for "maximum number of students assembling working model rockets at a single location" during the India International Science Festival, Goa in December 2021 in collaboration with ISRO and Vigyaan Bharati. Out of the 540 students assembled, 497 successful launches were achieved, setting the record and propelling the Indian rocketry ecosystem to new heights.
Rocketeers proudly supported ISRO's YUVIKA 2023 program, providing model rockets for over 250 selected students to experience rocketry at ISRO centers. Rocketeers has also become the official merchandise partner of ISRO. This historic collaboration marks the integration of rocketry within ISRO campuses, amplifying outreach and education efforts. With this ISRO and rocketeers have both joined hands to fulfill the mission of building the Indian rocketry ecosystem.
As India's space sector opens up, Rocketeers' collaborations with agencies like ISRO and IN-SPACe promise an even brighter future for Indian rocketry. As the team and rockets soar higher, Rocketeers' vision of fostering a robust rocketry ecosystem in India becomes a reality, launching dreams and propelling the nation towards a boundless spacefaring journey.
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