RH200, the versatile sounding rocket of ISRO registered its 200th consecutive successful launch from the shores of Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) termed it a “historic moment”. It was witnessed by former President Ram Nath Kovind and ISRO chairman S Somanath, among others.
ISRO Conducted 200th Consecutive Successful Launch of RH200 Sounding Rocket- Key Points
- The successful flight of RH200 took off from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS).
- ISRO stated that Indian-sounding rockets are used as privileged tools for the scientific community for carrying out experiments on meteorology, astronomy, and similar branches of space physics.
- Campaigns such as Equatorial ElectroJet (EEJ), Leonid Meteor Shower (LMS), Indian Middle Atmosphere Programme (IMAP), Monsoon Experiment (MONEX), Middle Atmosphere Dynamics (MIDAS), and Sooryagrahan-2010 have been conducted using the sounding rocket platform for scientific exploration of the Earth’s atmosphere.
- The Rohini Sounding Rocket (RSR) series have been the forerunner for ISRO’s heavier and more complex launch vehicles, with continued usage even today for atmospheric and meteorological studies.