December 5, 2016
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India launch first indigenous space shuttle RLV TD Sriharikota

India’s first ever indigenous space shuttle RLV TD successfully test launched from Sriharikota

India launch first indigenous space shuttle RLV TD Sriharikota

 

India launch first indigenous space shuttle RLV TD Sriharikota

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

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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.

 

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