BANGALORE: First, the Space Department (DOS) on Thursday signed an initial agreement – Agnikul Cosmos – that allowed the second to access ISRO facilities to build a small launch vehicle.
Agnikul is a Chennai-based company, based in R&D, IIT-M’s National Ignition Center, working on building a private small satellite launch vehicle.
“This undisclosed agreement (NDA) is the first of its kind, signed after the establishment of IN-Space, the authority and regulatory body under DOS, to enable private players to undertake space activities in India,” DOS said. .
Under the NDA, the company will be able to access the facilities and technical expertise available at ISRO centers to continue their launch vehicle development program.
Founded in 2016 by Srinath Ravichandran and Moin SPM, Agnikul, which has raised more than m3 million so far, is now gearing up to launch its launch vehicle.
Ravichandran had previously told TOI: “Going into space is not a difficult thing in the future. Over the next five to six years we will see technology scratch the surface of deep space activity. The real focus in this area starts from there – things like preparation in orbit – and I think we’re ready. ”
Earlier this year, Agnikul had signed an agreement with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation to test an Indian-made fire rocket from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island, US.
Agniban, according to Agnikul, is capable of taking up to 100kg for high altitudes of 700km, and low and high sloping orbits are accessible and fully mobile – designed to access more than 10 launch ports.

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