Agnikul Cosmos opens launchpad and mission control centre in Sriharikota; first launch planned for Dec | India News

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CHENNAI: Space tech startup Agnikul on Monday said it has inaugurated India’s first-ever launchpad designed and operated by a private player. The facility is situated at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
Agnikul’s upcoming guided and controlled launch will be carried out from this facility. The launch is planned for December.
The facility was inaugurated by Indian Space Research Organisation chairman S Somanath on November 25 and attended by directors of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Satish Dhawan Space Centre and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre and other Isro officials.
The facility, designed by Agnikul and executed with the support of Isro and IN-SPACe, has two sections – the Agnikul launchpad (ALP) and the Agnikul mission control center (AMCC).
All critical systems connecting these two sections — that are roughly 4 km away from each other — will help ensure 100% operationality during countdown.
“The launchpad is specifically built keeping in mind the ability to support liquid stage controlled launches, while also addressing the need for Isro’s range operations team to monitor key flight safety parameters during launches. Additionally, it has the ability to, as necessary, share data and other critical information with Isro’s Mission Control Center,” Agnikul team said in a statement.

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