Heralding the new era in Indian Space, Chennai-based space-tech startup AgniKul Cosmos inaugurated India’s first-ever private launchpad at Sriharikota, ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Monday.
The facility was inaugurated by S Somanath, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman and Secretary in the Department of Space.
Somanath appreciated the Agnikul Cosmos’s move of setting up the first private launchpad in India. “India can now travel to space from one more space platform”, he said, reported PTI.
“Establishment of a private launchpad marks a significant step in opening the Indian space sector to private players and affirms the commitment of ISRO and Department of Space for facilitating the same,” the ISRO statement said, quoted PTI.
The facility was designed by Agnikul Cosmos and executed in support of ISRO and Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe). It has two sections: the Agnikul launchpad and the Agnikul mission control center.
All critical systems connecting these two sections, which are 4 km away from each other, are redundant to ensure 100% operationality during countdown.
The launchpad is specifically built keeping in mind the ability to support liquid stage controlled launches. It will also cater to the needs of ISRO’s range operations team to monitor key flight safety parameters during launches.
Also the launchpad could share data and other critical information with ISRO’s Mission Control Center.