ISRO opens facilities to 2 space technology start-ups. Here is what they will test
The Ministry of Space has signed a framework memorandum of understanding with space technology start-up Agnikul Cosmos to grant access to the facilities and expertise of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to develop and testing space launch systems and subsystems.
Under the agreement, the start-up can perform multiple tests and gain access to facilities at various ISRO centers to test and qualify its 3D printed one-piece semi-cryogenic motor and other systems. The MoU also allows Agnikul to benefit from the technical expertise of the Indian Space Agency to test and qualify their space launch systems and subsystems.
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Last month, Agnikul Cosmos partnered with 3D printing technology company EOS India to expand their synergy in 3D printing for rockets and subsystems. The start-up plans to install an EOS M400-4 printer at its facilities and would take technical assistance from EOS to advance rocket engine 3D printing, allowing it to own the entire process in-house. manufacture of rocket motors. EOS would facilitate and support Agnikul by providing training, process know-how and best practices to take on hardware that has worked successfully.
“I am happy to sign this memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Space which will officially allow us to advance our test plans at ISRO. With this level of government support, low earth orbit appears to be near, ”Agnikul said in a statement after the signing of the memorandum of understanding.
The Chennai-based space technology startup had raised $ 11 million in Series A funding from institutional and angel investors earlier this year.
Last week, ISRO concluded a similar framework memorandum of understanding with Skyroot Aerospace that will allow the Hyderabad-based start-up to perform multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centers and also benefit from ISRO’s technical expertise to test and qualify its space launcher. systems and subsystems.
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ISRO President K Sivan on Wednesday inaugurated the Bellatrix Aerospace Spacecraft Research Lab located on the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bengaluru. This privately funded propulsion laboratory has in-house facilities for the development and testing of green electric and chemical propulsion technologies, according to ISRO.
Sivan appreciated the young team for establishing the state-of-the-art facility which houses equipment such as high vacuum thermal testing facilities, catalytic reactors, propellant preparation facilities and specialized high-vacuum coating facilities. temperature.
As part of the reforms calling on space technology start-ups to stimulate the growth of the sector, the Space Department received 40 requests to use ISRO facilities.
The government also established the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe) under the Ministry of Space as a separate vertical to make independent decisions regarding the authorization and regulation of activities. private sector space.
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