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The launch of Chennai-based Space Start-up Agnikul Cosmos’ first rocket Agnibaan Sub Orbital Technology Demonstrator (SOrTeD) from the SHAR Range, Sriharikota, scheduled for Friday morning, was postponed due to a technical issue. Agnikul Cosmos on Thursday evening announced that the launch was put on hold and fresh dates would be announced later.

It said “Holding our launch out of an abundance of caution based on certain minor observations from the full countdown rehearsals last night.” “Will keep you all posted on the new date and time. Thanks a lot for all the support that has been pouring in”, it said.

An official statement from PIB, which has been handling all media registration for all ISRO missions, including for this mission, announced that “the launch of ‘AGNIBAAN SOrTeD’ Mission, scheduled at 0700 hrs on March 22, 2024, has been postponed due to technical issue. The launch date will be announced later”.

The launch has been scheduled from Agnikul’s own launch pad constructed at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota, at 0700 hrs tomorrow This is India’s first launch from a private launch pad located at ISRO’s spaceport, but has to be deferred due to technical issue. The Agnibaan SOrTeD is India’s first semi-cryogenic engine powered rocket launch and World’s first single piece 3D printed engine designed and built indigenously.