Indian startup’s Agniban rocket to be test launched from Alaska

Indian startup’s Agniban rocket to be test launched from Alaska

Indian aerospace startup Agnikul Cosmos has signed a memorandum of arrangement with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation to test launch their Indian-made Agniban rocket from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island in the United States. The startup is focusing on commercial rocket launch from 2022 onwards.

Under this agreement, the Alaska Aerospace and Agnikul will cooperate to make sure about a few administrative approvals. They incorporate the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launch authorizing, the US export control, and will follow export laws and guidelines in India to get vital clearances from the Indian authorities also.

The vision is to characterize launch vehicle-spaceport interfaces, related techniques and manage at least one test launch from PSCA.

“We are thrilled Agnikul has partnered with Alaska Aerospace for high inclination flight testing,” said Mark Lester, President and CEO of Alaska Aerospace.

“Agnikul has established itself as a leading rocket technology company, and we are pleased Alaska’s proven launch infrastructure and expertise continue to attract new space launch companies from around the world”, he added.

Srinath Ravichandran, CEO and Co-organizer of Agnikul Cosmos said that this declaration was additional proof of their startup’s consistent advancement towards launch. “Alaska Aerospace and Agnikul share a vision of providing rapid, agile, and low-cost access to space. This is a great platform for us to demonstrate our ‘Made In India, for the world’ launch services solution through our mobile vehicle Agniban” he explained.

When asked about the purpose for picking the Alaskan launch port, Srinath said that for specific sorts of orbits which are favored by clients, it was preferred to launch from a high altitude area.

“In some cases, we might have to launch closer from poles and Alaska offers that, when it comes to launches from close to the equator, Sriharikota is an option and we are working with India’s In-space for this,” he expressed.

“By partnering with Alaska Aerospace, Agnikul engineers and staff can focus on the technical complexities of perfecting our rocket Agniban’s launch operations from different environmental conditions across geographies,” said Agnikul Co-founder & COO Moin SPM. “Having access to high latitude launch locations is an important aspect of our strategy for offering customer-centric launch services, and this partnership with Alaska Aerospace is going to be directly helpful,” he included.

Under the concurrence with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, extra tests and operational launches are additionally conceivable. This is supposed to be a significant advancement in moving the small satellite launch market towards a client driven plan of action instead of what it is today – a vehicle-driven model. This would mean faster, easier commercial space access, and at last will open up space for everybody.

Agnikul Cosmos Private Limited is a Chennai-based startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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