Opening of India's first private rocket engine manufacturing
The facility, which is in Chennai, was opened by S. Somanath, the head of the Indian Space Research Organization, and N. Chandrasekaran, the chairman of Tata Sons.
Agnikul Cosmos, a local space company, officially opened the nation's first private rocket engine manufacturing on Wednesday.
According to the corporation, the new facility will use additive manufacturing technology to create 3D printed rocket engines and will create engines for its own rockets.
Agnikul Cosmos' chief executive, Srinath Ravichandran, stated that the factory can now construct up to two rocket engines per week.
This will enable it to produce enough engines for the anticipated end-of-the-year launch of its two-stage launch vehicle, Agnibaan.
Small orbital launch vehicles can help India win a sizable share of satellite launch orders in the near future, according to Ravichandran.
"Companies and organisations looking to launch satellites no longer have access to Russian facilities, and launching aboard heavy rockets could be expensive," Ravichandran said.
When the engines are finished, the business will wait an extra week before launching the Agnibaan rocket, he continued.