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This IIT Madras Startup Launched World’s 1st 3D-printed Engine Rocket

This morning, ISRO launched Agnibaan, the world's first rocket with a 3D-printed engine from Sriharikota. PM Modi and ISRO Chairman Somanath congratulated the IIT Madras startup Agnikul Cosmos.

By Rashaad Ather
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The world's FIRST rocket with a 3D printed engine, Agnibaan, was launched this morning from ISRO's rocket port in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

It was launched from India's first privately developed launchpad called 'Dhanush' established by Agnikul at Sriharikota at 7.15 a.m.

PM Modi congratulated Agnikul on X.

ISRO chairman also congratulated the IIT Madras-incubated space startup.

"The Department of Space and ISRO congratulates Agnikul Cosmos on the successful launch of 'Agnibaan - SOrTeD'”: said ISRO chairman Somanath.

Agnikul Cosmos is an IIT Madras startup by co-founder-CEOs Srinath  Ravichandran and Moin SPM.

The rocket Agnibaan SOrTeD (SubOrbital Technological Demonstrator) is also India's first semi-cryogenic engine-powered rocket launch designed and manufactured indigenously.

About 3D-printed Engine:

The 3D-printed engines are built in a single piece, without any joints, seams, or welds. It simplifies production, requiring minimal or no tooling and fewer parts. This enables aerospace startups to manufacture rapidly.

Aims & Ambitions:

The test flight aims to demonstrate Agnikul's in-house technologies, gather crucial flight data, and ensure the optimal functioning of systems for the 'Agnibaan' orbital launch vehicle. 

ISRO chairman stated that the success shows the prowess of indigenous design and innovation, motivating ISRO to support and create a vibrant space ecosystem in the country.

Features:

Agnibaan is a two-stage rocket with a capacity to carry up to 300 kg to a height of 700 km. 

It uses liquid oxygen and kerosene as fuel. 

The rocket can access both low and high-inclination orbits and is designed to be mobile, with access to more than 10 launch ports.