ISRO : Reusable Launch Vehicle

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would make history, it is all set to launch it’s indigenous build version of a ‘space shuttle’. The launch of Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) will happen at SHAR Centre, Sriharikota, on May 23 at 9.30 am.

The reuse of Launch Vehicles is expected to cut down the cost of satellite launches. While the cost factor is dependent on the development and realization of fully reusable launch vehicle and its degree of reusability.

The 6.5-meter-long ‘aeroplane’-like spacecraft will weigh 1.75 tons and will be hoisted into the atmosphere on a special rocket booster. The special booster or the first stage is powered using a solid fuel and it will hoist the RLV-TD experiment to about 70 km into the atmosphere from where the descent will begin.

The making of the Indian space shuttle or RLV-TD has taken 5 years and the government has invested Rs 95 crore in the project. This flight will test the capability of the vehicle to survive a re-entry at speeds higher than that of sound so it is called a hyper sonic experiment (HEX).

Later, in the next few flights the RLV will be subjected to a landing experiment and another return flight experiment. Once these are successful, the ISRO will then decide on what should be the final configuration of the Reusable Launch Vehicle.

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