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Pathbreaking achievement! Madras IIT startup Agnikul Cosmos successfully launches SOrTeD

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SRIHARIKOTA: In a path-breaking achievement in India’s space mission, Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai-based private startup, has successfully launched a 3D-printed semi-cryogenic engine rocket 'Agnibaan'.

The test took place at 7:15 am on Thursday from Agnikul's launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Center in Sriharikota. ISRO chief S Somanath declared the launch of Sub-Orbital Tech Demonstrator Mission-01 (SOrTeD) a complete success.

The launch was postponed four times earlier. After a steep flight of eight kilometres, the rocket landed in the Bay of Bengal. The satellite will be launched later this year.

Printed engine

  • The world's first single piece 3D printed rocket engine
  • Instead of assembling thousands of parts, the engine was printed as a whole
  • India's first semi-cryogenic engine
  • India's first private mobile launch pad – Dhanush
  • Second launch of a private start-up in India.

Rocket

  • Single engine (single stage).
  • Length 6.2 meters
  • Weight 575 kg
  • 30 to 300 kg can be launched
  • Engine name: Agnilet

Semicryogenic engine

  • In cryogenics, the fuel is supercooled liquid oxygen (-183 degrees) and liquid hydrogen (-252.9 degrees).
  • In semi-cryogenics, liquid hydrogen is replaced by kerosene
  • Temperature change does not affect the liquid state of kerosene
  • Safer than liquid hydrogen

Agnikul Cosmos

  • Inception in 2017 at Madras IIT
  • Founders Srinath Ravichandran, Moin S. P. M
  • 250 employees (average age 23)
  • Got an investment of 40 million dollars
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TAGS: IIT MADRAS, AGNIKUL, COSMOS, MISSION, 3D PRINTING, BAY OF BENGAL, SPACE, ISRO
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