India’s formal space programme has achieved numerous successes through the State-owned Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). From indigenous launch vehicle development to bringing India’s own Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) services online through Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (NavIC), to scientific and exploratory missions to outer space – the list of ISRO’s achievements is extensive.
Many startups now looking to exploit the opportunities in the growing global space markets have emerged within the Indian space domain. They are developing visionary technologies, products and services, but lack a strong footing when it comes to financial, regulatory and policy support.
Skyroot Aerospace Private Limited
Skyroot believes a new Space Age is kicking off, and snagging the extraordinary opportunities in space depends on robust transportation systems from Earth to orbit. Their Vikram launch vehicle, when operational, is expected to be one of the most cost-effective small satellite launch vehicles in the world, positioning India for interstellar dominance.
It’s a series of launch vehicles covering a wide range (300 to 700 kgs) of payload carrying capacities to low-Earth orbit. Not only are they affordable and easily mass-produced, but the upper stage of the rocket is capable of moving itself out of orbit on mission completion, thereby leaving no space debris.
Dhruva Space Private Limited
Dhruva Space builds small satellite constellations for Earth observation and other scientific applications. Instead of hiring multiple entities for designing and building a satellite, launch liaising and for ground stations to communicate with the satellite, Dhruva Space's constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites reduces the cost and time taken to set up the necessary infrastructure. They provide end-to-end solutions for anyone looking to launch a satellite into space
Dhruva space designs the mission (satellites, orbit, constellation) based on the customer's requirements, builds the satellites, finds the right launch provider for the budget, obtains required orbital timelines, and provides ground station support, either using their in-house infrastructure or setting it up as required. They’re also developing satellites with de-orbiting functionality.
Invited by European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre, Austria, for incubation along with a grant.
Bellatrix Aerospace Private Limited
Bellatrix Aerospace is working to drive down the cost of access to space by focusing on advanced propulsion systems for satellites and reusable micro launch vehicles. Through indigenous design, development and manufacturing, Bellatrix is able to provide state-of-the-art technology at a fraction of the cost.
Bellatrix is pioneering the development of a fully reusable micro launch vehicle, Chetak, capable of ferrying 200kg payloads to space. This also involves developing a highly innovative methane-fueled engine, as well as electric propulsion systems. Chetak, would not only make it cheaper to launch microsatellites, but would also reduce the wait time involved for operators.
Bellatrix Aerospace is an IISc (SID) incubated company
|Name of Startup||Category||City||State|
|SKYROOT AEROSPACE PRIVATE LIMITED||Space Tech Solutions||Hyderabad||Telangana|
|DHRUVA SPACE PRIVATE LIMITED||Space Tech Solutions||Hyderabad||Telangana|
|BELLATRIX AEROSPACE PRIVATE LIMITED||Space Tech Solutions||Mysore||Karnataka|
|MANASTU SPACE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||Space Tech Solutions||Mumbai||Maharashtra|