India’s First Reusable Space Shuttle, RLV-TD Launched From Sriharikota

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. It was carried up on a solid rocket motor (SRM). The 9 ton SRM was designed to burn slowly to accommodate the vertical lifting of winged body.

After the launch from the Sriharikota spaceport, it glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal. The vehicle re-entered the atmosphere after reaching a height of over 70 km. The mission, known as the hypersonic flight experiment, lasted about 10 minutes. The Re-Usable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) is considered as a first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully reusable vehicle. That is, it can put satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere.

So let’s do:
1. Expand the term ISRO, RLV-TD and TSTO ?
2. Name the country, which has launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) ?

Source – The Hindu


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