Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its space shuttle today named as Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) under the first-ever ‘Made In India’ mission. The space shuttle was done on a whopping budget of 95 crores INR and is 6.5 metres long which weigh 1.75 tonnes. The production happened in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. It took 600 scientists for five long years to create history. The news broke through leading news agency as ‘Mission Accomplished’ amid the launching between 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. today.
Though, NASA US based space agency did it successfully 6 years earlier but took them a lot of cost under the reusable shuttle categories. Domestic space agency completed the task in 10 times lesser cost, and if the mission goes accordingly, then it might spur up to $20,000 kg. They are planning to launch two more such shuttles which will be weighing 6 times more and about 40 metres long by the end of 2030.
According to Honourable PM Narendra Modi,Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists. Congrats to them.
As soon as the shuttle launched, it flew towards the altitude of 70 kms, thus engaging in free-rising flight making 5 times that of initial sound. It landed in Bay of Bengal some 500 km away from Sriharikota. It was designed to lift up about 10 rocket engines which will burn gradually so that vertical lifting is possible. The first ever free winged bodied space shuttle will be added undercarriages in future shuttles so that it lands back in the Centre.
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The most prestigious moment of ISRO will be when more efficient spacecraft will be launched by 2030. The respective 40-metre length craft will be worthy of carrying astronauts. Currently launched RLV-TD won’t be recovered but information taken will be used in data collection for a betterment of futuristic approach.
As given the statement by K.Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSCC), “RLV-TD is a baby step towards the launch of the advanced RLV with air breathing propulsion system (ABPS) and reusable launch vehicle technology. The purpose of developing advanced RLV with ABPS is to reduce the cost of space launches if engines and structures are recovered and re-used. Current RLV-TD has no recovery plans.”
As per researchers, till date no other countries have experimented with winged space shuttle except the US went with it on 2011 with ongoing operations counting 135 times and Russia did it long before in 1989 named Buran. India will put Made in India RLV-TD space shuttle with Space X’s Falcon 9 as well as Blue Origin’s New Shephard Spacecraft both the pioneer in re-usable technology which is co-incidentally partially tested.