Agnikul inaugurates India’s first private space vehicle launchpad in Sriharikota

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India’s first private space vehicle launchpad

Chennai-based space tech startup Agnikul Cosmos launched India’s first private launchpad and mission control centre at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on 28 November.

Important facts

  • The facility was inaugurated by ISRO chairman S Somanath.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has supported the private Company AgniKul Cosmos for setting up the launchpad. 

  • The Company has planned a tech demonstration mission.

  • This facility has two parts—the Agnikul launchpad and the Agnikul mission control centre—which are four kilometres apart.

  • The launchpad is designed to accommodate and support liquid stage-controlled launches. 

  • The Chennai-based startup Agnikul Cosmos plans to launch its Agnibaan rocket from this launchpad.

About Agnibaan Rocket

  • Agnibaan is a highly customizable two-stage rocket from Agnikul, capable of carrying a payload of up to 100 kg in orbit (low-Earth orbit) at an altitude of about 700 km with a plug-and-play configuration.

  • The Agnibaan rocket will be powered by the company’s 3D-printed Agnilet engines.

  • The Agnibaan rocket is a “semi-cryogenic” engine that uses a mixture of liquid kerosene and supercold liquid oxygen to propel itself.

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