The Department of Space (DoS) has entered a Framework MoU with aerospace startup Agnikul Cosmos. This is for entry to ISRO amenities and capability in relation to the development and examination of subsystems/systems of space launch vehicles.
The MoU will allow the corporation in order to undertake several tests and gain access to amenities at various ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) centres. This is for examination and experience of its single-piece 3D printed Semi Cryo engine and other systems. It will also facilitate Agnikul, built-in National Centre for Combustion R&D of IIT-Madras, Chennai, to avail technical expertise of ISRO for assessment and succeeding its space launch vehicle systems and subsystems. Agnikul says that the MoU would officially permit it to go ahead with its examination projects at ISRO. “With this level of government support, low earth orbit does seem close”, tweets the company. It raises an $11 Million Series A round from formal and angel investors earlier this year.
Top Agnikul representatives met DoS secretary and ISRO Chairman, K Sivan, who gives assurance to all support from DoS. This is for qualifying Agnikul launch vehicle systems. ISRO’s Scientific Secretary and Chairman, Interim IN-SPACe Committee, R Umamaheswaran sign the MoU on Friday. This is on behalf of DoS and Agnikul CEO Srinath Ravichandran inked it from the firm side.
IN-SPACe stands for Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre
DoS entered a comparable MoU with Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace last week. This is for entry to ISRO amenities and expertise towards the development and examination of subsystems/systems of space launch vehicles. The Framework MoU will support the firm for accepting several tests and access facilities. This is at a variety of ISRO centres and to gain professional expertise of ISRO for testing and qualifying its space launch vehicle systems.
In the meantime, earlier this week, the ISRO Chairman undertakes the inauguration of the spacecraft research laboratory at Bellatrix Aerospace. This is situated at the Indian Institute of Science campus here. This privately financed propulsion lab has in-house accommodations for the training and examination of electric and green chemical propulsion technologies, according to ISRO.
Sivan appreciates the young team for determining the state-of-the-art facility which houses gear such as –
- Integrated thermal high vacuum test facilities
- Catalytic reactors
- Propellant preparation facilities
Specialised high-temperature coating facilities