AgniKul Cosmos - Updates & Activities

Varoon2

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2021
Messages
1,304
Likes
4,507
Country flag
IIRC, an Agnikul spokesman says this rocket will be launched like a satellite launcher, though of course, it won't be placing any satellite in orbit. So it won't be a sounding rocket. Hope I am not misunderstanding!
 

FalconSlayers

धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः
Senior Member
Joined
Oct 14, 2020
Messages
28,153
Likes
195,134
Country flag
IIRC, an Agnikul spokesman says this rocket will be launched like a satellite launcher, though of course, it won't be placing any satellite in orbit. So it won't be a sounding rocket. Hope I am not misunderstanding!
Its their first launch, its a suborbital test flight.
 

Indx TechStyle

Kitty mod
Mod
Joined
Apr 29, 2015
Messages
18,392
Likes
56,812
Country flag
Space Startup Agnikul Ready For Its Sub-Orbital Rocket Launch On Friday
The 580 kilogram Agnibaan rocket, will lift off from Sriharikota and in the first flight could go only as high as 20 kilometres above the Earth, before plunging down into the Bay of Bengal and may carry 7 kg of payloads.
1710951885622.png

Agnibaan rocket will be firing up on a special 3D printed engine
Agnikul Cosmos, India's private space start-up, will test-fire on Friday its rocket named Agnibaan SOrTeD (Suborbital Tech Demonstrator), which is powered by an engine that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is still trying to master.
Incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, this will be the first test flight for the 2017 born space start-up by two young aerospace engineers with a dream to create "a place where people learn to use fire".
The 580 kilogram rocket, will lift off from Sriharikota and in the first flight could go only as high as 20 kilometres above the Earth, before plunging down into the Bay of Bengal and may carry 7 kg of payloads.
The Agnibaan SOrTeD will be powered by a semi-cryogenic engine that uses commercially available aviation turbine fuel or essentially kerosene and medical grade liquid oxygen, says Moin SPM, co-founder Agnikul Cosmos Pvt Ltd.
ISRO has never flown a semi-cryogenic engine and 'the first hot test' of semi-cryogenic engine on a stationary test bed was conducted on July 3 last year. The company is attempting what no other Indian private firm has done before.
Agnikul is demonstrating the first semi-cryogenic and 3D printed engine by the Indian private sector, says Dr Pawan Goenka, a highly regarded mechanical engineer and Chairperson, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), part of the Department of Space, the single window regulator and promoter for all space activities in India.
Dr Goenka says "this bold innovation could be a significant differentiator when commercial launches start by India's start ups".
"The launch is significant since it is India's first launch from a private launch pad and the rocket has world's first single piece 3D printed engine designed and built indigenously," says Srinath Ravichandran, another co-founder of the space start-up.
"Agnibaan SOrTeD (Suborbital Tech Demonstrator) is a single-stage launch vehicle driven by Agnikul's patented Agnilet engine - an entirely 3D-printed, single-piece, 6 kN semi-cryogenic engine. Agnibaan SOrTeD will lift off vertically and follow a predetermined trajectory. The trajectory, manoeuvres and various flight events that will occur during the mission have been configured to validate tech integral to the success of our upcoming orbital flights. We are excited to be attempting this flight from our own launch pad named Dhanush at Sriharikota," the company said in a statement.
Among the many first for India, the Agnibaan rocket will be firing up on a special 3D printed engine which is single piece equipment and the quality testing time for such engines is highly reduced by using 3D printing technology, says Mr Moin.
The engine will also be powered by commercially available aviation turbine fuel and liquid oxygen, this makes for a cheap and easily available non corrosive fuel which is easily sourceable, says Mr Moin, adding this also makes launching of rockets from multiple locations with minimum facilities far easier.
In another first, Agnikul has been permitted to make a special launch pad near the sea on the island of Sriharikota with its own dedicated control room. This is part of ISRO opening up its facilities as part of ease of doing business for Indian space companies.
"This will be the first controlled flight of a rocket by a private company and all precautions are being taken to make sure nothing goes amiss, if things do go awry then the ISRO provided self-destruct mechanism can be activated by the Range Safety Officer," says Mr Moin.
Agnikul follows up on the first launch made by an Indian space company which was Skyroot Aerospace Private Limited which in 2022 flew a solid fuelled sounding rocket from Sriharikota. Now, Agnikul with its Agnibaan rockets, when it becomes operational, hopes to undertake launch on demand and they hope to hoist 30 to 300 kilogram satellites into space.
"We hope to build dedicated, fully customizable & transportable launch vehicles for small satellites to Low Earth Orbits (LEO). The launch vehicle- Agnibaan is powered by a single-piece 3D-printed engine that can be made in 72 hours without any human intervention. It is compatible with the mobile launch pad called "Dhanush" which makes the launch location agnostic and, most importantly, it could be configured to fly with 4/5/6/7 [engines] which makes the launch cost the same across the spectrum of mass - 30 kg - 300 kg," says the company.
Agnikul has already attracted an investment of $40 million and has a team of 250 members. "The average age of employees at Agnikul is 23 years and all are fired up to innovate," says Mr Moin, underscoring that India can become hub for small satellite launches as more and more global companies are opting for constellations of satellites placed in low earth orbits.
 

Indx TechStyle

Kitty mod
Mod
Joined
Apr 29, 2015
Messages
18,392
Likes
56,812
Country flag
Agnikul - Launching Anywhere Anytime Affordably | Episode 2: Delivering Delta-V


Agnikul - Launching Anywhere Anytime Affordably | Episode 3: Leveraging Liquids
 

Varoon2

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2021
Messages
1,304
Likes
4,507
Country flag
Please tell me that I misread info on some other website, that this March 27th launch is being postponed! Say it isn't so.
 

Indx TechStyle

Kitty mod
Mod
Joined
Apr 29, 2015
Messages
18,392
Likes
56,812
Country flag
Found the location of
@AgnikulCosmos Agnite (1st stage engine) test stand. Location-https://goo.gl/maps/TZH1fxpdjbaMnubBA… You can clearly see the ramp on the right side of the test stand and the blue building at the back in both pics. Thanks to
@42Cybertron for helping in finding this place.
Fitcb1oVQAEOsWX.jpeg

FitciCvVEAE56M5.jpeg


New video from @AgnikulCosmos shows Agnibaan SOrTeD's stack test facility - https://youtu.be/-Qr9okaXJdg?si=phBd5IylzTOQ52Fg… Here I located it at their facilities at IIT Madras satellite campus. The stack test facility is just on the other side of the engine test facility. Coordinates - 12.7974,80.1882
GKtsBW-aoAAe1Ug.jpeg
GKtsBXBbQAAJDNL.jpeg
GKtsBVba8AAKFNC.jpeg


 

Blank

Regular Member
Joined
Jan 23, 2021
Messages
906
Likes
6,384
Country flag
These guys cancelled the launch again. I doubt they will survive for long as a company.
View attachment 255019
Pehli bat toh liquid engine hai. If they had tried even a failed launch in the first try, people would still have supported them. Now after so many scrappings, if they are still struggling. Can't help it if it raises eyebrows.

Has been a rather dull year in space. No news from Skyroot either. But then, they are using solids mostly. So could be okay.
 

AnantS

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2013
Messages
5,833
Likes
15,637
Country flag
It's fine mate. Agnikul is not ISRO nor SpaceX. In other words it won't have money pit as big as either above. Failures would be expensive in Agnikul case, hence they need to tread on it carefully. Remember they are using Semi Cryo a first for India not just put sector. They need all the caution they can employ. It's disappointment for all of you but bigger would be for Agnikul team who have been working day and night to watch it happen.

Test will happen all in time.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SKC

Global Defence

New threads

Articles

Top