Indian Space Companies You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Indian Space Companies You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

The contribution of India as an emerging Space Industry is remarkable.

With space missions such as Chandrayaan and interplanetary exploration projects such as Mars Orbiter Mission and astronomy based ventures like ASTROSAT, our nation has proved to create a benchmark for producing development and research greatly in the field of Aerospace and Aeronautics to fulfill the global demands and needs of space scientists and space engineers.

With advances in Indian resources pertaining to the space sector, there have been numerous enthusiasts and prodigies who have been working to build strong foundations for manufacturing excellent equipments for space based agendas and thereby, strengthening the presence of the Indian space firms globally.

So, here is a list of Indian space companies and startups you probably had no idea about:

Skyroot Aerospace

This company was founded by former engineers of the rocket design centre of ISRO.

Veterans from Indian Space and Defence programs, who brought forth over three centuries of collective experience in building rocket systems, are an active part of their journey to space.

They aim to create a new space age by providing extraordinary opportunities in space which is dependent on the transportation systems from Earth to Space. At Skyroot, they aim to generate technologies for responsive, reliable and economic access to space.

Their launch vehicle series named “Vikram” has played a pivotal role to guarantee success and excellence.

Some features and characteristics of Vikram I are as follows:

Payload: 225 kg to 500 km SSPO, 315 kg to 45º inclination 500 km LEO.

Architecture: Highly reliable solid propulsion stages with proven design heritage, miniaturized and modern Avionics, ultra-lowshock pneumatic separation.

Agnikul Cosmos

Agnikul” is a derivative of the Sanskrit word – “Gurukul” and it could be interpreted to mean “a place where people learn to use fire”.

They are a group of enthusiasts, rocket scientists, engineers, programmers, lawyers, and more – all of them enabling space accessible to everyone.

They designed and fabricated a customizable launch vehicle known as “Agnibaan” which is highly flexible and reliable.

Specifications of Agnibaan include:

Payload: 100 kg to 700 km LEO.

Height: 18 m

Diameter: 1.3 m.

Lift off mass: 14,000 kg

Bellatrix Aerospace

Bellatrix Aerospace is a research and development company developing orbital launch vehicles (rockets) and electric propulsion systems for satellites.

This is a technology based company and they believe that a revolution in the space technology is what it takes to change the world we live in. In the field of satellite propulsion, Bellatrix proposes to reduce satellite mission cost through its patented electric propulsion systems.

Bellatrix is dedicated to offer its customers high reliability, short wait periods and competitive costs.

Bellatrix offers a simple and reliable dedicated nano-satellite launch vehicle with an aim to make nano-satellite launches more affordable than ever before.

Chetak is a two stage vehicle, where the first stage is designed for reuse. Both the stages of Chetak will use liquid methane as fuel. Chetak features an all-carbon composite construction.

Some specifications of Chetak are:

Payload: 150 kg to 700 km SSO.

Mass: 12,000 kg.

Height: 19 m

Diameter: 1.4 m

Pixxel

This is an Indian space-technology start-up which aims to put a constellation of earth’s observation of micro-satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit by the end of 2020.

It was started by BITS Pilani graduates Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal in February 2019. It was Asia’s only space startup to qualify for the 2019 Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles.

Its first satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2020 on a Soyuz rocket. They provide services such as satellite based imagery and transmission of launch vehicles.

The small satellite will go in the Russian launch vehicle and will focus on high clarity satellite based imagery tools and techniques.

It would be helpful for governments and private organizations in collecting AI-powered analytical data related to agriculture, climate, spread of crop pests and diseases, defence monitoring, and mining in order to find illegal operations, monitor oil and gas pipelines, natural disasters, forest fire etc.

Team Indus

TeamIndus (incorporated as Axiom Research Labs) is a private for-profit aerospace company headquartered in Bangalore, India.

It consists of a team of professionals from diverse backgrounds such as science, technology, finance, and media, that came together in 2010 with the aim of winning the Google Lunar X Prize competition announced in 2007.

They are still working towards developing and launching their lunar rover mission sometime in 2020 after partnering with OrbitBeyond.

Their lander was originally code-named HHK1, now called Z-01, and their rover is called ECA, an abbreviation for Ek Choti Si Asha (A Small Hope).

Urvyam

Urvyam is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘high speed’ and ‘powerful’.

The name therefore, entails to describe a very high speed and powerful engine, called the URVYAM ENGINE.

Founded on August 16, 2018 in Mumbai, Urvyam’s key focus is to perform extensive research and develop high-end technology in the field of Aerospace. Urvyam aims to build next generation space engines and vehicles for launching satellites into several orbits.

While satellites are mainly used for telecommunication and Earth observation, Urvyam proposes to devise more exploration based equipments by building galactic observatory stations.

An equally challenging domain is to design durable and reliant systems which can be utilized for space based transportation and Uryvam is capable of addressing this with its unique, powerful and truly reusable vehicles.

Space Kidz India

This is an organization creating young scientists for the country and spreading awareness about space and allied technology among children for a global objective.

It creates international experiential learning for students in the field of Science, Technology, Art and Culture. They are the first space body in the world to have launched Satellites through high school and college students.

They are also known to be ambassadors to NASA, ESA and GCTC Russia Space Camps, and are pioneers in conducting workshops across the globe.

It is the only syndicate which has launched 12 balloon satellites, 1 orbital satellite and 2 sub orbital satellites.

Satellize

It is India’s first private company in space, with two satellites orbiting the earth currently.

They build customized nano satellites, and offer reliable solutions and services to customers across the world.

They are also known as India’s first private company (formerly known as Exseed Space) in space, with two satellites orbiting the earth currently.

They are one of the very few companies in the world that have launched successfully on both SpaceX and ISRO rockets and that are space-qualified on both platforms.

Their satellite ventures Exseed Sat-1 and Exseed Sat-2 are currently known for smarter technological based equipments which have changed the satellite based communication in space.

Kawa Space

Their motto is to “make every company a space company”.

They aim to build an intelligent space based environment by focusing on smart systems. Their industry-leading enterprise-ready platform is used by hundreds of organizations globally.

Kawa’s idea basically revolves around the fact that if teams from numerous companies use an extra layer of data captured from space, they can catalyze their business outcomes by 100 times.

This is a relatively growing startup with a unique conglomeration of analytics, cloud computing and software services which is headquartered in Mumbai and has been active in San Francisco.

Astrome

The founding team started Astrome with the vision to use space technology to make lives better in developing countries.

After a bit of research, it was evident that the developing countries had low internet penetration which has resulted in disparity in opportunities and economic growth in urban and rural areas.

They decided to fix this issue using satellites. They are on a mission to make internet more accessible to everyone in the developing world.

Astrome focuses on the developing world because that is where the demand-supply gap is the highest and satellite internet can make a big difference.

They plan to bring optimal and reliable solutions in sectors such as 5G by launching constellations of LEO satellites to resolve anomalies pertaining to signal transmission, communication networks etc.

Dhruva Space

Dhruva Space is a private space company which caters to the needs of Aerospace sector. It is engaged in development of small satellites in the commercial, government and academic markets.

Dhruva Space was founded in November 2012 and it is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. Their major services include- end to end space mission design and planning.

They majorly produce innovative solutions for Small Satellites, Earth Stations and Satellite Deployers. They target a multicultural experience along with more than 6+ small satellites based space missions.

More than 5+ devices for building a sensor device experience and their venture NanoSat incorporates their key service.

Earth2Orbit

Earth2Orbit (E2O) is India’s first private space start-up.

The idea for E2O came over coffee at ‘The Grove’ on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. They started out with a dream to see India emerge as a global space player and not be restricted to a government-run program.

It has an organic business model that has multiple avatars. They are passionate about what they do. “We are value-driven, not valuation-driven” is their Bible for building competence in space entrepreneurship.

From 2009-2016, they focused on providing Launch Advisory and Launch Procurement Services to satellite makers. Their key focus was the Indian PSLV rocket and international clients seeking launch opportunities to SSO (Sun-Synchronous Orbit) and LEO (Low Earth Orbit).

Starting January 2016, they shifted gears and were determined to support global climate action by starting a new business plan by focusing on EO Data Analytics.

Now in 2020, E2O aims to shift its focus to education, media, outreach and perhaps a Prize to promote climate ambassadorship plus innovation in space tech.

They hope to curate exciting new content as a countdown to India’s first human mission to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in 2022, create local and global awareness about India’s exciting space program, and inspire the 600+ million young people on the Indian subcontinent to reach for the stars.

Xovian

Xovian is an Aerospace company based in New Delhi with an aim to provide low-cost sustainable solutions in satellite fabrication.

The body is backed up with a team comprising of decades of expertise in satellite technology.

The firm also conducts educational and research-based activities to bridge the innovation gap between industries and educational institutions.

Xovian has escalated into the following domains:

CANSAT

Sounding Rockets

High Altitude Balloons

Satellite components manufacturing.

Xovian is a proud member of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) which is an international space advocacy organization based in Paris, and founded in 1951 as a nongovernmental body to establish a dialogue between scientists around the world and to lay the information for international space cooperation.

Rocketeers

Rocketeers is India’s first solid fuel powered model rocket kit manufacturer.

It is responsible for supplying kits to schools, colleges and rocket enthusiasts across the country.

It also provides turnkey educational solutions incorporating experiential learning based STEM education using scientifically designed curriculum, experiments and projects to students and educational institutions across the country.

They are driven by the motto of “Rocket Science in every Classroom”.

With an aim to create an ecosystem, they are building an accessible portal for space technology for the masses, to democratize space technology.

STAR

Space Technology and Aeronautical Rocketry, also known as STAR, is a private Aerospace company incorporated as Avkashyaan Private Limited.

STAR designs and manufactures high powered rockets, rocket engines and other space systems. Its strong foundational values propagate an importance of space being for everyone.

They also aim to make Space missions commercial by building easy set ups, economical space based devices and equipment along with an efficient launch vehicle facilitation for small satellites.

The founding team proposes to create an atmosphere of lifelong learning for space enthusiasts and conduct rocketry workshops, internships, training programs, CANSAT (can sized satellite) designing modules and Robotix sessions.

Sakthi Aerospace

Sakthi Aerospace is an aerospace engineering services company, part of Sakthi Group a $ 1 billion organization listed in NSE and BSE.

Sakthi Aerospace is focused to provide design and development services on Aero structures, Electrical harness, Technical Publication and manufacturing support for Global Aircraft Manufacturers.

It has global presence in Europe, Middle East and Asia besides its design and development facility in Bangalore, India.

Pawar Aeronautics

Pawar Aeronautics creates mathematical solutions and sustainable trajectories for spacecraft with an intention to impact humanity on interplanetary travel.

It focuses to generate optimal solutions for space exploration and space travel.

AMSLAB

AMSLAB stands for Advance Mechanics & Space Laboratory.

It is a growing startup which aims to build space equipments and structures to cater to the requirements of Indian space sector.

They deal with manufacturing, designing and building rockets.

Astrogate Labs

It was founded by a group of young & motivated engineers from aerospace, electronics, mechanical background with vast experience and expertise working in space industry.

They intend to fulfill the demands of the global markets with a range of high-quality products related to space infrastructure. They also possess a solid network of mentors and industry experts guiding them in their endeavor.

Their major aim is to remove anomalies in space communication due to microwaves and radiowaves by using optical communication based products. The vertical includes compact optical communication terminals, ground receiver stations, space relay systems, related software systems for data retrieval.

Communication terminals can be used as part of inter-satellite links as part of intra-constellation communication, satellite-to-ground communication, communication between high altitude platforms (HAPs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial line-of-sight communication links.

Manastu Space

Manastu Space was founded as an idea at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

They have successfully replaced old, low performing, carcinogenic and highly toxic hydrazine based propulsion systems with high performance, non carcinogenic, less toxic alternatives.

They aim for greener and cleaner ways for producing propulsion systems. Their vision is to reduce the cost of access to space and to solve problems concerning humanity.

Vestaspace Technology

Vestaspace focuses on launching a service based on proprietary communication technology.

This unique service will completely change operations in ground segment and mission control thereby enabling next generation of IoT based applications.

They have envisioned making nano-satellites the preferred choice for customers who have demand for professional mission critical radio based surveillance & communication solutions.

They also aim to help teams reach their goals for space tech and space based activities.

Transcend Satellite Technology

Transcend Satellite Technology is a private company incorporated on 13 March 2019. It is classified as a non-government company and is registered at Registrar of Companies, Bangalore.

It is involved in Research and Development, primarily in the Satellite technology.

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