May 15, 2021

Isro to assist Agnikul with tech assist to construct its small rocket

BENGALURU: In a primary to advertise the personal sector, India’s area company stated that it might assist Chennai rocket startup Agnikul Cosmos to check and qualify its small rocket that may launch 100 kg satellites into low earth orbit.

Agnikul signed a non disclosure settlement with the Division of Area that can enable it to entry Indian Area Analysis Organisation (Isro) amenities and technical experience to construct its rocket.

“Below the NDA, the corporate will likely be enabled for accessing the amenities and technical experience out there in ISRO facilities to proceed with their launch car improvement program,” the area company stated in a press release. Agnikul founder and CEO Srinath Ravichandran and Isro scientific secretary R Umamaheswaran signed the pact.

Agnikul is the winner within the prime innovator class within the ET Startup Awards 2020.

The settlement is the primary one in all its form, the Division has signed after the institution of IN-SPACe, the authorization and regulatory physique underneath DOS for enabling personal gamers to undertake area actions in India, it stated.

Agnikul is seeking to disrupt the small rockets area at a time when India is opening up the sector to non-public gamers. The startup, incubated at IIT Madras in 2017, is constructing a small rocket with a 3D printed engine – which is lighter, has much less transferring components and extra environment friendly in comparison with typical engines.

Agnikul is its first launch by the top of 2022. The rocket will be simply configured and stored prepared for launch in a few weeks.

“We will likely be complementary to Isro. We’re going after a market the place a number of industrial firms are planning to launch hundreds of satellites,” Srinath Ravichandran, co-founder and CEO of Agnikul Cosmos had informed ET earlier.

India is adopting the US mannequin to assist its area business. The US area company Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (NASA) had helped Elon Musk’s SpaceX with technical assist for it to construct the SpaceX rocket, which this 12 months started carrying people to area.