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Two Spacetech Startups Get Access to ISRO Facilities, Expertise to Test Rocket Systems


The Department of Space (DoS) has entered right into a Framework MoU with aerospace startup Agnikul Cosmos for entry to ISRO amenities and experience in the direction of the event and testing of subsystems/methods of house launch autos.

The MoU will allow the corporate to undertake a number of exams and entry amenities at numerous ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) centres for testing and qualification of its single piece 3D printed Semi Cryo engine and different methods. It may also allow Agnikul, based mostly in National Centre for Combustion R&D of IIT-Madras, Chennai, to avail technical experience of ISRO for testing and qualifying its house launch car methods and subsystems. Agnikul mentioned the MoU would formally allow it to go ahead with its testing plans at ISRO. “With this level of Govt. support, low earth orbit does look close”, tweeted the corporate, which raised USD 11 Million Series A spherical from institutional and angel traders earlier this yr.

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Top Agnikul officers met DoS secretary and ISRO Chairman, Okay Sivan, who assured all help from DoS for qualifying Agnikul launch car methods. ISRO”s Scientific Secretary and Chairman, Interim IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre) Committee, R Umamaheswaran signed the MoU on Friday on behalf of DoS and Agnikul CEO Srinath Ravichandran inked it from the corporate facet.

DoS entered into an analogous MoU with Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace final week for entry to ISRO amenities and experience in the direction of the event and testing of subsystems/methods of house launch autos. The Framework MoU will allow the corporate for endeavor a number of exams and entry amenities at numerous ISRO centres and in addition to avail technical experience of ISRO for testing and qualifying its house launch car methods and subsystems.

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Meanwhile, earlier this week, the ISRO Chairman inaugurated the spacecraft analysis laboratory at Bellatrix Aerospace situated on the Indian Institute of Science campus right here. This privately funded propulsion lab has in-house amenities for the event and testing of electrical and inexperienced chemical propulsion applied sciences, in accordance to ISRO. Sivan appreciated the younger crew for establishing the state-of-the artwork facility which homes tools corresponding to built-in thermal excessive vacuum take a look at amenities, catalytic reactors, propellant preparation amenities, and specialised high-temperature coating amenities.

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