Agnikul Cosmos, An Indian Space Startup, Has Received a Patent For its 3D-Printed Rocket Engine.
Agnikul Cosmos also has its own 3D printing rocket engine factory, which can produce two engines per week and a full rocket in a month.
Agnikul Cosmos, an Indian space startup, announced that the Government of India has granted it a patent for its indigenously built, 3D-printed rocket engine. The company announced earlier today that the patent for its rocket engine, which is built as a single-piece engine at its own factory at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, has been secured in India.
What Agnikul Cosmos Plans for the Future
According to a Mint report, Srinath Ravichandran, CEO of Agnikul Cosmos, has confirmed that each of its locally built rockets, known as Agnibaan, will use eight engines in total — which means that each rocket will take at least a month to build its engines. To that end, the company has already established its own rocket engine manufacturing facility, where each engine is 3D printed as a one-piece unit.
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The company has already tested and demonstrated its Agnilet engine, which will be showcased at a global aeronautics symposium in Dubai in late 2021. According to reports, Agnikul Cosmos could launch its first locally built rocket by the end of 2022, before beginning commercial services for launching satellites for its clients in 2023.
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Other Indian startups are also eyeing the satellite launch market. Skyroot Aerospace, for example, is a fellow Indian space startup that plans to launch indigenously built rockets with 3D-printed engines from the country as well. Skyroot, like Agnikul, plans to launch its first mission later this year before beginning commercial launch services next year.
These startups are essentially attempting to replicate the work of SpaceX, the Elon Musk-backed space services company. SpaceX set a world record earlier this month by completing 40 space launches in a single year, which was previously unthinkable due to the expensive process of building rockets and the time required to create one satellite-launching rocket.