The Indian space agency ISRO announced its first successful test of an experimental unmanned space shuttle prototype, the RLV-TD. The ship is expected to enter operation in 15 years and the low-cost model puts India more highlighted in the technological race.

India Launches Reusable Mini-Shuttle To Space

[dropcap]India[/dropcap] launched its first space shuttle prototype, the RLV-TD and joining the countries that are betting on environment-friendly technology to advance in the space race. The test India, however, involved a model seven meters, and about two tons, and unmanned, which is a small shuttle.

It is still an unmanned experimental shuttle, with only seven meters long as we mentioned earlier, that is with a sixth of the size that the spacecraft will have in the future, but now it was released yesterday from the space base which is located in the north of Chennai.

Now the country India has become a new landmark for the space programs. Hence, India reiterates its commitment to space and intended to also participate in this race, after its previous success with Mangalyaan probe which was sent to Mars.

The Indian space shuttle still has the long way to go, which will be operational within 15 years. But, this release, which served mainly to test re-entry maneuver in the atmosphere, without the expectation of the mill recovery is the first success in developing own technology for round-trip flights to and from earth orbit by the Indian space agency ISRO.

Indian Mini-Shuttle RLVTD
Indian Mini-Shuttle RLVTD

As the statements of the spokesman of ISRO Devi Prasad Karnik after the launch of the space shuttle is “We successfully concluded the RLV mission [Reusable Launch Vehicle] technology demonstration”. With its nearly two tons weight, the mini-shuttle will reach an altitude of 70 kilometers, and then started the descent, but, later fall into the open ocean.

Indian Mini-Shuttle RLVTD Head
Indian Mini-Shuttle RLVTD Head

Besides the Mars exploration and future shuttle, India is also investing in the satellite navigation program itself, the IRNSS (the Initials in English of the regional navigation system expression by India Satellite), which includes seven satellites, which all are already in orbit, and the last was successfully launched on 28 April. The start of operation of the system was planned for the next June, becoming independent there too.


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