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India’s first 3D-printed rocket engine factory in Chennai

Published on July 14, 2022
Current Context: Agikul Cosmos, a space tech startup inaugurates India’s first 3D-printed rocket engine factory in Chennai.
India’s first 3D-printed rocket engine factory in Chennai
  • Agnikul Rocket factory 1 was inaugurated by N Chandrasekaran (Tata sons chairman) and ISRO chairman S.Somanath in presence of Pawan Goenka, Chairman of IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre).
  • The 10,000-square-foot facility is located at IIT-Madras Research Park.
  • The facility has the capacity to make two rocket engines per week and one launch vehicle every month.
  • The facility has a 400mm x 400mm x 400mm x metal 3D printer from EOS that enables end-to-end manufacturing of the rocket engines.
  • In December 2020, Agnikul has signed an agreement with ISRO under the IN-SPACe initiative to have space agencies' expertise.
  • Static Knowledge:
    • Agnikul cosmos headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    • ISRO headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • ISRO chairman – S.Somanath
    • ISRO was formed – on 15 August 1969

Question: 

Q.1 In which city India’s first 3D-printed rocket factory was inaugurated?
a. Mumbai
b. Chennai
c. Bengaluru
d. Pune
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