Alaska Aerospace Corporation and India-based AgniKul Cosmos are pleased to announce they have signed a memorandum of agreement to test launch the Agnibaan launch vehicle from the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island in the United States.
Under the agreement, Alaska Aerospace and Agnikul will work together to secure regulatory approvals such as US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launch licensing, US export control, and will comply with export laws and regulations in India to receive necessary clearances from the concerned Indian authorities as well.
The aim is to define launch vehicle-spaceport interfaces and procedures, and conduct at least one test launch from PSCA. It is anticipated that these launches will occur from 2022.
"We are thrilled Agnikul has partnered with Alaska Aerospace for high inclination flight testing," said Mark Lester, President and CEO of Alaska Aerospace. "Agnikul has established itself as a leading rocket technology company, and we are pleased Alaska's proven launch infrastructure and expertise continue to attract new space launch companies from around the world."
"This announcement is further evidence of our company's steady progress towards launch," said Srinath Ravichandran, CEO and Co-founder of Agnikul Cosmos.
"Alaska Aerospace and Agnikul share a vision of providing rapid, agile, and low-cost access to space. This is a great platform for us to demonstrate our 'Made In India, for the world' launch services solution through our mobile vehicle Agnibaan."
Additional tests and operational launches are also possible under the agreement. This is an important step in moving the small satellite launch market towards a customer-centric business model as opposed to what it is today - a vehicle-centric model. This would mean faster, easier commercial space access, and ultimately will open up space for everyone.
"By partnering with Alaska Aerospace, Agnikul engineers and staff can focus on the technical complexities of perfecting Agnibaan's launch operations from different environmental conditions across geographies," said Agnikul Co-founder and COO Moin SPM.
"Having access to high latitude launch locations is an important aspect of our strategy for offering customer-centric launch services, and this partnership with Alaska Aerospace is going to be directly helpful."
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