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AgniKul Cosmos Announces Successful Maiden Mission with World’s First 3D-Printed Engine

Chennai-based startup AgniKul Cosmos has achieved a significant milestone with the successful completion of its maiden flight on May 30. The Agnibaan rocket, powered by the world’s first single-piece 3D-printed engine, lifted off from its private launch pad at Sriharikota for Mission 01 of Agnibaan SOrTeD (SubOrbital Technological Demonstrator).

Successful Mission Objectives

AgniKul Cosmos announced that all mission objectives for this controlled vertical ascent flight were met, with performance being nominal throughout the mission. The historic flight tested the single-stage, 6.2-meter-long Agnibaan rocket, marking a significant advancement in space technology.

Technological Milestones

The mission was groundbreaking not only for featuring the world’s first single-piece 3D-printed engine but also for being the first flight with a semi-cryogenic engine in India. This technological feat represents a major leap forward for the Indian aerospace industry.

Private Launch Pad Success

Agnibaan’s successful launch also marked the first time a rocket lifted off from a private launch pad in India. This achievement highlights the growing capabilities of private space enterprises in the country. The rocket’s launch came on the fourth attempt, following three previous attempts that were postponed due to technical issues.

ISRO’s Acknowledgment

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) congratulated AgniKul Cosmos on their successful mission. “Congratulations AgniKul Cosmos for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad,” ISRO stated. “A major milestone, as the first-ever controlled flight of a semi-cryogenic liquid engine realized through additive manufacturing.”

Future Developments

The success of this mission paves the way for AgniKul Cosmos to develop a two-stage Agnibaan rocket. The forthcoming rocket, customizable to stand 18 meters tall, will have a maximum payload capacity of 300 kg to a 700 km orbit. It can also be modified to include an additional ‘baby’ stage, enhancing its payload capacity based on specific mission requirements.

Looking Ahead

AgniKul Cosmos’ achievements underscore the potential for innovation in the aerospace sector, particularly through the use of advanced manufacturing techniques like 3D printing. This success not only boosts the startup’s future prospects but also positions India as a significant player in the global space industry. As AgniKul Cosmos continues to push the boundaries of space technology, the world eagerly anticipates its next steps in rocket development and space exploration.

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