Against the backdrop of rising ‘peer’ and regional state rivals, the role of space-based assets for effective missile defence will be critical.
Indian industry fills gaps for small satellites
Chennai-based start-up Agnikul Cosmos has taken the lead in building and testing a 3D-printed semi-cryogenic engine – called Agnilet – that can power its Agnibaan rocket carrying a 100kg payload into a lower Earth orbit (LEO) of up to 700km.
Defence forces are likely to adopt this disruptive innovation for remote sensing and communication.
With nanosatellites and microsatellites becoming popular due to their lower cost and faster upgraded replacement, Srinath Ravichandran, co-founder and CEO, said his product will complement the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Small Satellite Launch Vehicle with a payload capacity to deliver 500kg to LEO.
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