India’s swadeshi shuttle Successfully Launched from Sriharikota. The maiden ‘swadeshi’ space shuttle launched with the winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) is expected to make the space travel easier and cheaper in the future.
This unmanned model space shuttle measures the the size of a Sports Utility Vehicle and launched from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. From the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India’s swadeshi shuttle lifted with the double delta-winged flight vehicle RLV Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) with a special rocket booster.
According to ISRO this traveled in peak altitude of over 65 km and released for its re-entry into the atmosphere. From this altitude, RLV-TD began its descent followed by atmospheric re-entry. The total flight duration of the 6.5-metre long ‘aeroplane’-like structure from launch to landing lasted about 770 seconds.
The device could able to successfully survived high temperatures of re-entry with the help of its Thermal Protection System (TPS). The RLV-TD successfully glided down to the prescribed landing spot over Bay of Bengal, this is at a distance of 450 km from Sriharikota. The project cost Rs 95 crore into the RLV-TD.