Space tech startup, Agnikul unveils locally manufactured rocket engine in Dubai – Economic Times


Agnikul Cosmos, an IIT Madras-based space tech start-up, unveiled its full-scale second-stage rocket engine, Agnilet, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and at the World Expo in Dubai.

Agnilet is the world’s first single-piece 3D printed engine fully designed and manufactured in India, and was test-fired in early 2021 by Agnikul.

Agnikul has inked multiple pacts with various stakeholders that will directly catalyse efforts in launching the single-piece 3D printed engine in 2022.

“Unveiling of Agnikul’s engine at a global stage such as IAC, allowed us to showcase the capabilities of Indian space tech startups to the international community and also allowed us to forge agreements with multiple commercial players such as NPC Spacemind and Precious Payload,” Moin SPM, co-founder & COO, Agnikul, said in an official statement Friday.

Agnikul has inked a MoU with NPC Spacemind to provide end-to-end solutions for its customers as NPC manufactures advanced satellite subsystems and small satellites deployers.

Another agreement with Precious Payload has been signed to get global access to customers. “We have been tracking several interesting small satellite launch projects, and Agnikul is one of them…we are happy to add Agnibaan, a customisable and scalable rocket,” Andrew Maximov, CEO, Precious Payload said in a statement.

Agnikul also signed a separate agreement with India-based Asaco, which will help the startup realise various structural subsystems of Agnibaan.

In December 2020, Agnikul had signed an agreement with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the IN-SPACe initiative to have access to the space agency’s expertise and its facilities to build rocket engines.