ISRO Strengthens India’s Space Startup Ecosystem with Technical Support

By Sunil Sonkar
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ISRO Strengthens India's Space Startup Ecosystem with Technical Support

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has lately taken significant steps to help in the growth of India’s space industry. It is evident and one to note here is the successful launch of the Agnibaan SOrTeD rocket by Agnikul Cosmos. ISRO provided technical support and also shared vast knowledge with the startup. All these demonstrates a strong commitment to building a robust space economy in India.


Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR) was a crucial player in the Agnibaan mission. It helped the Agnikul Cosmos in selecting the optimal launch site, setting up of the launchpad and simultaneously managing the control center. The site was equipped with a robust network for data and communication. It connected the launch pad, control center and ISRO’s main control center as well. Hence, the SDSC SHAR ensured that all operations were conducted smoothly and safely. It also provided logistical support and essential information.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) also played a vital role by sharing its expertise in various technical areas. It tested the semi-cryogenic engine at high temperatures for 15 seconds and conducted sound tests on the rocket’s frame. It also provided a comprehensive Flight Termination System. It reviewed and approved the mission design as well as supported the assembly and integration process during various phases of the launch.

Moreover, the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) contributed to the mission. It assisted with tracking and data management. Its ground units at Sriharikota were provided for testing, integrating and real-time tracking. It also developed Vehicle Data Acquisition software for the managing and displaying of the real-time data flow.

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