Agnikul Cosmos successfully test fires 2nd stage semi cryo engine

Agnikul Cosmos successfully test fires 2nd stage semi cryo engine

Chennai: Indian Space Startup Agnkul Cosmos today announced that it has successfully test fired one version of the second stage semi cyro engine–Agnilet. The test was conducted at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the lead Centre of ISRO for the development of launch vehicles, in Thiruvananthapuram, the Indian Space Agency said today. ISRO said it facilitated the hot testing of a rocket engine developed by an Indian space start-up. “VSSC successfully conducted the 15 s hot test of Agnilet Engine for M/s Agnikul Cosmos Pvt. Ltd. on November 4 at its Vertical Test Facility, Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS), Thiruvananthapuram.” The test was carried out as part of MOU signed between ISRO and M/s Agnikul Cosmos Pvt. Ltd. to provide opportunity for the Indian space start-ups to use facilities of ISRO through IN-SPACe. Agnilet Engine is a regeneratively cooled 1.4 kN semi-cryogenic engine, working at a chamber pressure of 10.8 bar(a) using Liquid Oxygen and Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) as propellants. This engine is realised through state-of-the-art 3D printing technology and material of construction is INCONEL-718. Meanwhile, in a tweet, Agnikul Cosmos today said “humbled to announce that we successfully test fired one version of our patented technology based single piece, fully 3d printed, 2nd stage semi cryo engine – Agnilet – at VSSC”. “Incredibly thankful to @INSPACeIND and @isro for enabling this”, it said. “Besides validating our in-house tech, this is also a huge step for us in understanding how to design, develop & fire rocket engines at a professional level”, it said. “An unforgettable day for Agnikul! #designInIndia #3dprinting #MakeInIndia”, the tweet said. Agnikul said it was planning to have the first test launch of its rocket Agnibaan before this year end with a dummy payload. Agnibaan is a two stage rocket with 100 kg payload capacity to orbits around 700 km high (Low Earth Orbits) and enables plug-and-play configuration. The company recently opened its first 3D printed rocket engine manufcturing facility at the IIT Madras Research Park to produce two rocket engines per week for its rocket Agnibaan. UNI

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