The space race has been hitting new speeds ever since private companies entered the fray with new and refreshing innovations. Joining this list of innovators is an Indian-aerospace startup based in Bengaluru named Bellatrix Aerospace, which successfully tested an eco-friendly propulsion system for launching satellites into orbit.
What is more impressive is that Bellatrix Aerospace's propulsion system will not just cut down on pollution but also offers a significant jump in fuel efficiency, as per a report in The Economic Times.
Bellatrix Aerospace's Space Vision
To those unknowing, propulsion systems that propel satellites into space are fueled by a toxic compound dubbed hydrazine- known for having a drastic impact on our ecosystem. Furthermore, it also has a reputation of being very difficult to store and handle safely.
However, Bellatrix's green booster rocket has significantly lower toxicity levels in comparison and is also incredibly safe to handle and store.
As per the startup, the propellant is not just limited to satellite launches but can also be used for human space flight missions as well. The Bengaluru-based startup plans to commercialise the propellant and turn it into a product by next year.
Indian Startups Leading The Space Race
With his landmark engineering, Bellatrix has joined an elite group of new-age space tech startups India is seeing that are using VC funds to achieve their objectives in the global space race. Founded at the Indian Institute of Science (IISC), the startup obtained its pre-series A funding back in June 2019 by IDFC Parampara.
Professor Charlie Oommen, chief research scientist-propulsion at the Indian Institute of Science, said, "The work on green propulsion is extremely important as the world is shifting fast towards green chemicals and aligning with the latest developments is important for our country."
"ISRO had also announced that it will work towards using green fuels in all its future missions and green fuel recently tested by Bellatrix Aerospace is extremely promising as it offers both benign handling facilities and higher performance than conventionally used toxic chemicals like hydrazine," he also added.