ISRO successfully launches RLV-TD – India’s own Space Shuttle [News]
ISRO adds one more feather to its cap with a successful launch of technology demonstrator of RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Of late, India has been making rapid progress in space program evident with recent successful launches of Supersonic Prithvi-II and IRNSS-1G for NAVIC (India’s own GPS system). RLV is capable of launching satellites into orbit and their re-entry back to the surface.
The successful launch and re-entry of winged flight vehicle on a virtual runway in Bay of Bengal by RLV-TD is the first step by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) towards materializing TSTO (Two Stage to Orbit), a fully reusable vehicle. RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions to assess various technologies that includes autonomous landing, powered cruise flight, hyper-sonic flight.
The take-off happened at 7 A.M on May 23, 2016 and the mission time took 10 minutes from launch to re-entry. The 1.75 ton aeroplane like structure extending up to 6.5 meters was raised into the atmosphere on a special rocket booster.