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India’s First Private Space Vehicle Launchpad

  • 01 Dec 2022
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

Recently, Chennai-based space tech startup Agnikul Cosmos inaugurated India’s first private space vehicle launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

What is Agnikul’s Launchpad Facility?

  • About:
    • The facility has two parts: the Agnikul launchpad and the Agnikul mission control centre, which are four kilometres apart.
    • The launchpad has been designed to accommodate and support liquid stage-controlled launches.
    • Agnikul Cosmos is planning to launch its Agnibaan rocket from this launchpad.
  • Significance:
    • The launchpad is specifically built to address the need for ISRO’s range operations team to monitor key flight safety parameters during launches.
    • Additionally, it has the ability to share data and other critical information with ISRO’s Mission Control Center.

What is Agnibaan?

  • Agnibaan is a two-stage launch vehicle that is capable of taking payloads of up to 100 kilograms to a low-earth orbit around 700 kilometres from the surface of the Earth.
  • It will be powered by the company’s 3D-printed Agnilet engines.
    • Agnilet is the world’s first single-piece 3-D printed engine fully designed and manufactured in India and was successfully test-fired in early 2021, making Agnikul the first company in the country to test its engines at ISRO.
    • The Agnilet rocket is a “semi-cryogenic” engine that uses a mixture of liquid kerosene and supercold liquid oxygen to propel itself.
    • The engine is very complex and it functions at very high temperatures.

Source: IE

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