IIT Madras' Agnikul launches world’s first rocket with fully 3D-printed engine. Watch launch video here

The vision of Agnikul is to bring space within everyone’s reach, aiming to enable launches from anywhere, anytime, affordably
Glimpse of the launch
Glimpse of the launch(Pic: IIT Madras)

Agnikul Cosmos, the IIT Madras-incubated start-up, has launched the world’s first rocket with a single piece 3D printed engine from Sriharikota at 7.15 am today, Thursday, May 30. This feat has been achieved entirely through indigenous design and development, informed a press release from the institute.

Agnibaan - SOrTeD Sub-Orbital Technology Demonstrator also has the unique distinction of having been launched from India's first private launch pad called Dhanush established by Agnikul. It is also India's first semi-cryogenic engine-powered rocket launch.

The key purpose of this mission, which is also Agnikul’s first flight, is to serve as a test flight, to demonstrate the in-house and home-grown technologies, gather crucial flight data and ensure optimal functioning of systems for Agnikul's orbital launch vehicle, the Agnibaan.

The launch was witnessed by various luminaries including dignitaries including Dr S Somanath, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), Rajeev Jyoti, Director (Technical), IN-SPACe; and A Raj Rajan, Director, Sriharikota Range (SHAR).

AgniKul’s core team members were also present. They included Prof Satyanarayanan R Chakravarthy, Founding Advisor, Agnikul Cosmos and Faculty, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras; Srinath Ravichandran, Co-Founder and CEO, Agnikul Cosmos; Moin SPM, Co-Founder and COO, Agnikul Cosmos; Saraniya Periaswamy, Vehicle Director, Agnibaan SOrTeD; and Umamaheswari K, Project Director, Mission-01and Agnibaan SOrTeD.

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