Agnikul Makes History with World’s First 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Launch

Agnikul Cosmos successfully launched "Agnibaan - SOrTeD" with a fully 3D-printed engine.

  • Agnikul Cosmos successfully launched “Agnibaan – SOrTeD” with a fully 3D-printed engine.
  • The launch took place from India’s first privately-developed launchpad, “Dhanush.”
  • This marks a significant milestone for India’s private space industry.

In a groundbreaking achievement, Indian startup Agnikul Cosmos has successfully launched “Agnibaan – SOrTeD,” the world’s first rocket powered by a fully 3D-printed engine. The historic launch occurred at 7:15 AM IST from India’s first privately-developed launchpad, “Dhanush,” located in Sriharikota.

This mission represents a major milestone for India’s growing private space sector. The rocket, driven by India’s first indigenously designed semi-cryogenic engine, serves as a test flight to gather critical data for Agnikul’s upcoming orbital launch vehicle, “Agnibaan.” The success of “Agnibaan – SOrTeD” highlights Agnikul’s innovative capabilities and sets the stage for future advancements.

Prominent figures from the Indian space community, including ISRO Chairman Dr. S. Somanath and IN-SPACe Chairman Dr. Pawan Goenka, attended the launch. Dr. Somanath praised Agnikul’s achievement, stating it demonstrates the power of indigenous design and innovation. Dr. Goenka echoed this sentiment, highlighting the importance of private players in India’s space ambitions.

Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt (Retd.), Director General of the Indian Space Association, called the launch a historical milestone, marking several firsts for India and boosting global confidence in the country’s private space industry. Agnikul, incubated at IIT Madras, aims to democratize access to space with affordable, customizable launch solutions, and plans an orbital mission by the end of 2025.