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Chennai-based space startup Agnikul Cosmos has postponed its much-anticipated test launch of the “Agnibaan SOrTeD” (Sub Orbital Technology Demonstrator) mission once again. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued, reserving airspace for the launch window from May 28th, 2024, to June 25th, 2024, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

This delay comes after multiple previous postponements due to technical issues. The SOrTeD mission, though lasting only two minutes from launch to splashdown, holds immense significance as a potential stepping stone for the next generation of Indian satellite launchers.

The SOrTeD mission is a single-stage launch vehicle demonstration powered by a semi-cryogenic engine called Agnilet. This engine, developed indigenously, utilizes sub-cooled liquid oxygen (LOX) for propulsion. The vehicle is further equipped with carbon composite fins for passive control during flight. For active control during its vertical ascent, Agnikul plans to implement a two-plane gimbaling system.

The single-stage launch vehicle will be powered by a revolutionary engine – the Agnilet. This indigenously developed semi-cryogenic engine utilizes sub-cooled liquid oxygen (LOX) and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) for propulsion. The vehicle also features four carbon composite fins for passive control during flight. For active pitch and yaw control, Agnikul has incorporated a two-plane gimbaling system, enabling a controlled vertical ascent.