Agnikul Cosmos inaugurates first-of-its-kind factory for end-to-end rocket engine 3D printing

  • Agnikul is the first company in the world to design a rocket engine that can be printed as a single piece of hardware, using 3D printing technology
  • Inaugurated by Shri N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman – TATA Sons and Guest of Honour, Shri S. Somanath, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Space Department
  • This installation marks the start of production of launcher engines for Agnikul

Indian space tech start-up Agnikul today announced the opening of its Rocket Factory – 1 – India’s first-ever rocket facility dedicated to large-scale 3D-printed rocket engines. The rocket facility, located at IIT Madras Research Park, was unveiled during a launch event by the main guest – Shri N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman – TATA Sons and guest of honor – Shri S. Somanath, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space.

A facility like no other – Agnikul’s Rocket Factory – 1 is a new state-of-the-art production house that houses world-class machinery, including a 400mm x 400mm x 400 metal 3D printer mm from EOS, and a host of other machines that will enable end-to-end manufacturing of a rocket engine under one roof. Additionally, the plant was designed keeping in mind the capacity to produce 2 rocket motors per week. Agnikul had entered into an agreement with EOS in 2021 as a 3D printing partner for the engines and this is an important step to see this support translate into reality.

Agnibaan is a highly customizable 2-stage launcher, capable of carrying up to 100 kg payload to orbits approximately 700 km high (Low Earth Orbits) and allows plug-and-play configuration. Agnilet is the world’s first one-piece 3D printed engine fully designed and manufactured in India and was successfully tested in early 2021. Agnikul showcased this engine at IAC 2021, Dubai, which is the most prestigious space technology gathering in the world.

Commenting on their new facility, Srinath Ravichandran, Co-Founder and CEO, Agnikul said, “This marks the start of a new phase – a phase where we are moving into scale and production from R&D and tests. I am immensely proud of our team and grateful for their zeal and commitment to translating our vision into reality.

Moin SPM, co-founder of Agnikul, said, “This is the first of many milestones we plan to achieve in the near future and we will continue to focus and work to make space the next frontier at hand.”

Founded in 2017 by Srinath Ravichandran, Moin SPM and Prof. SR Chakravarthy (from IIT Madras), Agnikul’s mission is to make space accessible and affordable and aims to support the Honorable PM’s vision of enabling the building of Aatamanirbhar Bharat. Incubated startup IIT Madras became the first Indian company to sign an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in December 2020. The agreement signed under the IN-SPACe initiative sanctioned Agnikul access to the Indian space agency’s expertise and facilities to build Agnibaan.

Agnikul has raised total funding of INR 105 crore ($15 million) from Mayfield India, pi Ventures, Speciale Invest and a host of others including prominent angels such as Anand Mahindra and Naval Ravikant since 2019.

About Agnikul Cosmos

Agnikul Cosmos Private Limited is a start-up company based in Chennai, India, incubated at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). It is building India’s first small private satellite rocket, Agnibaan, which will be capable of carrying up to 100 kg of payload to low Earth orbits up to 700 km. The vehicle has the capability of a configurable plug-and-play engine configuration to precisely meet mission requirements.