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