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Agnikul, an Indian space startup, creates history with the first-ever launch of a 3D-printed rocket engine

Agnikul, an Indian space startup, creates history with the first-everAgnikul

Agnikul Cosmos, an Indian space startup, achieves a groundbreaking feat in the country’s space industry by successfully launching Agnibaan – SOrTeD, the world’s premier rocket powered by a fully 3D-printed engine. The launch occurred from India’s inaugural privately developed launchpad, Dhanush, also established by Agnikul at Sriharikota.

This mission signifies a notable milestone for India’s growing private space sector. The rocket, propelled by India’s inaugural semi-cryogenic engine, indigenously designed and produced domestically, ascended into the sky at 7:15 AM IST today.

As a test flight aimed at gathering vital data for Agnikul’s forthcoming orbital launch vehicle, Agnibaan, the triumphant launch of Agnibaan – SOrTeD” (Sub-Orbital Technology Demonstrator) highlights the company’s innovative capabilities.

Prominent figures from the Indian space community, including Dr. S. Somanath, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman of IN-SPACe, witnessed the event.

Dr. Somanath extended congratulations to Agnikul, highlighting that the launch showcases “the prowess of indigenous design and innovation” and underscores the potential of private players in advancing India’s space aspirations.

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Dr. Goenka echoed similar sentiments, expressing that the event represents a notable moment for private entities contributing to the expansion of India’s space industry.

Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt

Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt (Retd.), Director General of the Indian Space Association (ISpA), remarked, that Agnikul’s achievement today marks a historic milestone comparable to India’s inaugural rocket launch in 1963 from Thumba launch station. Agnibaan SOrTeD boasts several firsts, including India’s premier launch from a private launchpad, the first semi-cryogenic engine-powered rocket launch, and the world’s initial single-piece 3D printed engine developed domestically. This accomplishment is a significant boost and source of pride for India’s flourishing private space sector, offering a glimpse into the promising future ahead. We extend our hearty congratulations to the entire team and best wishes for their future endeavors. This notable launch, combined with the recent introduction of guidelines for implementing the Indian Space Policy 2023 by IN-SPACe and new FDI regulations, will undoubtedly enhance global confidence in India’s private space industry and its expanding capabilities.

Agnikul, born out of IIT Madras‘ incubation, seeks to democratize space accessibility through affordable and adaptable launch options. Its primary offering, the Agnibaan rocket, is tailored to carry payloads spanning from 30 kg to 300 kg, accommodating various mission needs. With this achievement, Agnikul aims for an orbital mission by 2025’s close, heralding a fresh epoch in India’s private space exploration endeavors.

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