India’s first ever indigenous space shuttle RLV TD successfully test launched from Sriharikota
India successfully tested its first-ever swadeshi or indigenous space shuttle today as its scale model – the Re-Usable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator or RLV-TD – was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am. Nearly 20 minutes after its lift-off, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced- mission accomplished.
India’s first ever indigenous ‘space shuttle’ RLV-TD successfully test launched from Sriharikota
Launch of India’s maiden space shuttle :
10Things you must know about ISRO’s RLV-TD mission
1 .”Mission accomplished successfully,” an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) spokesman said, soon after RLV-TD HEX-01 was flight tested with the take off at 7 am.
2.This is the first time ISRO has launched a winged flight vehicle, which glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal, some 500 kilometres from the coast.
3.Known as hypersonic flight experiment, it was about 10 minutes mission from liftoff to splashdown.
4.The RLV-TD is a scaled-down model of the reusable launch vehicle.
5.The test launch is considered a significant step in India’s space endeavour.
6.RLV, being dubbed as India’s own space shuttle, is the unanimous solution to achieve low cost, reliable and on-demand space access, according to ISRO scientists.
7.RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions that have been considered as a first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle, ISRO said.
8.It has been configured to act as a flying testbed to evaluate various technologies, including hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air-breathing propulsion, it said.
9.The 6.5 metre long ‘aeroplane’-like structure weighing 1.75 tons was hoisted into the atmosphere on a special rocket booster.
10The RLV-TD is described as “a very preliminary step” in the development of a reusable rocket, whose final version is expected to take in 10 to 15 years.