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Twenty Prominent Space Tech Startups

  1. Dhruva 

Sanjay Srikanth Nekkanti founded Dhruva Space Pvt Ltd in 2012, which headquarters is located in Hyderabad, India. The startup focused on building full-stack space engineering solutions. The company is engaged in the development of small satellites in the commercial, governmental and academic markets. Dhruva offers satellites coupled with Earth stations and Launch services as an integrated solution or individually as a technology solution to power Space-based applications on Earth & beyond.

  1. Pixxel

Pixxel, was founded in 2018 by Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal. Pixxel is one of the popular and only space startups that qualified for the 2019 Techstars Startbust Space Accelerator in LA, California, from Asia. The company is based on defence and space; it’s headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka. In 2020 the startup also partnered with Newspace India Limited (NSIL), a commercial arm of ISRO, to launch a remote sensing satellite of Pixxel on ISRO’s PSLV rocket. The startup focuses on producing products and services like climate monitoring, crop yield prediction, urban planning and disaster response. The company is planning to launch the ‘World’s highest resolution hyperspectral satellite constellation.’

  1. Agnikul Cosmos

Indian space startup Agnikul Cosmos has become the world’s first company to successfully test a fully 3D-printed rocket engine. The company was founded by Srinath Ravichandran and Moin SPM in 2017. It is based on the defence and space industry and is headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The main intention of the startup is to develop Mini launch vehicles for small satellites at a reasonable price. The company is producing a small rocket that can bear a 200kg load. Agnikul Cosmos is planning to launch its rocket Agnibaan before the end of 2022.

  1. Astrogate Labs

Astrogte Labs is a Bengaluru-based space tech startup. Astrogate Labs is enabling high-speed communications for small satellites with laser communication solutions designed to meet the harsh conditions for space applications. Their established technology and laser communication solutions in a SWaP (size, weight, and power) suitable for cube/nanosats enable safe, long-distance wireless communications in space-to-ground and space-to-space links.

  1. Skyroot Aerospace

Skyroot is one of the successful and India’s first privately owned companies that have the ability to develop a homegrown rocket engine. The aerospace startup was founded by Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharath Daka in 2018. Both founders were previous scientists of ISRO. The company is based on the defence and space industry and its headquarter is located in Hyderabad, Telangana. The main motive of Skyroot is to produce launch vehicles. It is desired to create India’s first privately built space launch vehicles.

  1. Bellatrix Aerospace

Bellatrix Aerospace is an Indian aerospace private manufacturer and small satellite company headquartered in Bangalore, India. This is one of the most prominent aerospace startups in India that was founded by Rohan M Ganapathy and Yashas Karanam in 2015. Basically, the startup is based in Coimbatore and it is a research and development company which produces electric propulsion systems for satellites. The main motive of the company is to use its patented electric propulsion systems to decrease the cost of a satellite mission.

  1. Antariksh 

Antariksh Corporation Ltd. is occupied by the Department of space, the government of India. It offers marketing and commercial services for the Indian space research organization. The company plays a significant role in ISRO by setting a world record of launching 104 satellites with a single rocket in February 2017. It provides space-related products and services to customers around the world. Products and services being developed by the company include satellite communication, remote sensing data service, transponder rental, earth observation, and research missions.

  1. Kawa Space

Kawa space is an aerospace startup in India that was developed by Kris Nair and Bala Menon in 2019. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The company is based in the defence and space industry. The main intention of the startup is to develop earth observation satellites. Kawa space’s products are used by customers involved in government departments, agriculture, financial services and strategic risk management.

  1. Astrome 

In 2015, Neha Satak and Prasad HL Bhat created Astrome, which is one of the top aerospace startups in India. It is headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The venture is based on the wireless sector and offers products and services such as inexpensive, high-speed, reliable internet direct to homes, schools, healthcare centres and businesses. The CEO of the corporation has stated that in order to provide everyone with easy access to the internet, a constellation of 198 satellites would be launched into low Earth orbit. The satellites will occupy the highly-dense populated countries of the world including South America, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

  1. Xovian

Raghav Sharma and Ankit Bhateja founded Xovian in 2011. The startup is based in New Delhi. The main focus of the company is to develop low-cost sustainable solutions in satellite federation. The startup is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). It developed its first product which was a satellite named CANSAT, in 2014. The other work of the startup is it also runs educational and research-based activities to connect industries and educational institutions.

  1. Earth2Orbit

Earth2Orbit is an aerospace startup founded by Sushmita Mohanty in 2007. The company is the first of its kind in India. The main motive of the company is to provide services and products such as space launch advisory and consulting services. The business has established roots in a number of other Indian cities, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Trivandrum. It also has offices in foreign cities like Vienna and San Francisco. The company also offers products and services such as robotic systems, infrastructure and human space systems, aerospace consulting, satellite and launch services.

  1. Exseed Space

Exseed Space was India’s first aerospace startup that was selected by ISRO to develop large satellites for ISRO and it also got a contract to produce 9 to 15 satellites of 4,000kgs for the Indian Space Program. In 2017, Kris Nair founded the Exseed space. The startup’s major goal is to dominate the spacecraft manufacturing industry. The startup creates small satellite forums with a high vision for assembly, operation, testing and integration of satellites. Satellites are created using cutting-edge technology and inexpensive expertise.

  1. Hindalco-Almex Aerospace

Hindalco-Almex Aerospace Ltd. is a joint venture between Aditya Birla Group and Almex USA Inc. The company was incorporated in 2007; the only company in India that manufactures high-quality aluminium alloys for the purpose of aircraft structures, missiles, rockets, airframes and various other aerospace-related applications. The production unit is situated in Shendra near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Future production will include airframes and other goods for civilians and fighter aircraft.

  1. Bharat Electronics

Bharat Electronics Ltd. is another top aerospace business in India, which was founded in 1954. It is occupied by the Indian Government. The company supplies several aerospace products and services to the Indian Armed Force. The company also produces guidance systems for Indian missiles and several other items deployed onboard Indian warplanes. The business produces cutting-edge radars to find civilian and hostile military aircraft as well as track rockets launched by ISRO. It is also producing cockpit modules and flight control systems for India’s Indigenous stealth Light Combat Aircraft- Tejas.

  1. Adani & defence Aerospace

India’s first private sector that has come into this field is Adani & defence Aerospace. It is one of the best aerospace companies that produce world-class defence and aerospace solutions for India. The primary goal of the company is to develop technologies that are crucial for defending India against several outer threats. Currently, the company is working with multiple foreign partners to produce and accumulate updated warplanes and aircraft engines in India. The company produces capabilities in avionics and systems, aerospace composites, radar and electronic warfare systems.

  1. Satsure

Satsure was founded in 2017 by Prateep Basu. An innovative decision analytics company that leverage advances in satellites, machine learning and big data analytics to provide answers to large area questions across the sustainability next of agriculture, infrastructure, and climate action. In order to produce immediate, location-specific actionable insights, SatSure’s technology enables the integration of satellite images with the weather, IoT, social, and economic statistics, among many others.

  1. BrahMos Aerospace 

BrahMos is named after two famous rivers one from India, Brahmaputra and Moskva of Russia. It is a Joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organization and the Russian military consortium, NPO Mashinonstroyenia. It’s headquartered in New Delhi. The company was developed in the year 1998. The company is developing the supersonic cruise missile that is BrahMos. It is the world’s fastest cruise missile that travels at a speed of between Mach2.8 and Mach3.0. Currently, it is working on upgrading the missile version that would cover the longer distance at a speed of Mach5.0 to Mach7.0. In today’s time, no other country has an anti-missile defence system like the upcoming BrahMos missile.

  1. Mahindra Aerospace

One of the well-known companies of aerospace in India is Mahindra Aerospace. Presently, the company has created a contract with Aeronautics Ltd of Israel to produce high-class military drones for the Indian armed forces. In 2017 Mahindra Aerospace has produced Airvan 10 turboprop which has been certified in seven countries. About 250 Airvans are operating in the world in tourism, law enforcement, freight and other roles. The company provides manufacturing facilities in Australia and India. The aircraft business of the company is situated in Australia and produces Airvan 8 utility which is certified in 43 countries. In India, the company has an aero-structures business that manufactures aerospace components that uses state-of-the-art equipment and systems.

  1. Dassault-Reliance Aerospace 

Dassault-Reliance Aerospace is another joint venture between India’s Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, that is holding 51% of the shares and Dassault Aviation of France, holding 49% of the shares. It was developed in 2017. In Mihan Special Economic Zone, which is near Nagpur, the company have an aircraft and aircraft producing facility. The new task of the company is to manufacture Rafale and Falcon aircraft at the Dhirubhai Ambani Technology Park in Mihan. In future, the company will produce and accumulate multiple fighter aircraft and civilian airliners of Dassault.

  1. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd

In December 1940, one of the best aerospace companies in India was developed in Bangalore. The motive of the company is to fulfil the defence needs of the country. In 1963, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd became a fully Indian government-occupied company. The company has earned great respect in the world for its reliable products and services. Currently, the company is working on multiple projects like Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Dornier DO-228 transport planes, Sukhoi SU-30 MKI, Chetak, Cheetal & Cheetah helicopters and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter. The company is also working on manufacturing an integrated facility for semi-cryogenic and cryogenic engines for rockets and missiles.