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Agnibaan is a pioneer in 3D-printed engines

  • Agnikul Cosmos, based in Chennai, takes a crucial stride forward by relocating its unique rocket, Agni-1, to Sriharikota for integration testing.
  • Following Skyroot Aerospace, Agnikul could become the second Indian space-tech startup to attain suborbital space flight capability if the integration checks go well.

Agnikul’s Amazing Space Vehicle:

  • Agnikul’s proprietary Agnilet semi-cryogenic engine powers the Agnibaan SOrTeD, a single-stage launch vehicle.
  • Unlike traditional sounding rockets, Agnibaan SOrTeD’s vertical take-off and accurate trajectory allow for coordinated manoeuvres in flight.

(A) Distinct Features of Agnibaan

  • Customizability: The rocket offers custom launch configurations, either single or two-stage launches.
  • Agnibaan SOrTeD has impressive dimensions, standing at 18 metres and weighing 14,000 kg.
  • Payload Capacity: With a payload capacity of up to 100 kg, it can reach 700 km heights in five different Lower Earth Orbits (LEOs).
  • Engine Configuration: Depending on the mission requirements, the first stage can house up to seven Agnilet engines powered by Liquid Oxygen and Kerosene.
  • Versatile Launch: Designed for launch from a variety of launch ports.
  • AgniKul’s built ‘Dhanush’ launch pedestal supports the rocket’s mobility among configurations, ensuring compatibility with numerous launch ports.
  • Agnilet Engine: The entire operation is powered by the world’s only single-piece 3D-printed engine.

(B) Innovative Agnilet Engine

  • Agnilet engine, a 3D-printed, single-piece, 6 kN semi-cryogenic miracle, powers Agnibaan’s propulsion.
  • The engine uses a new blend of liquid kerosene and supercold liquid oxygen as propellants, which was successfully tested at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
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