ISRO’s Space Shuttle Mission A Success! Here’s How VSSC Trivandrum Made India’s 1st Re-usable Space Shuttle!

The 6.5 metre-long scale model of the re-usable launch vehicle weighs about 1.75 tonnes and has been made at a cost of Rs. 95 crore.

Today, ISRO successfully tested it’s first-ever swadeshi space shuttle – Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am. Nearly 20 minutes after its lift-off, the ISRO announced, “mission accomplished”.

Nearly 20 minutes after its lift-off, the ISRO announced, “mission accomplished”.

The reusable space craft was launched from Sriharikota at 7 am today, with the help of nine-ton solid rocket engine. After the launch, the space shuttle went to an altitude of 70 kilometres and then engaged in a free-gliding flight that started with an initial velocity 5 times that of sound. Later it was landed on a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal some 500 kilometres from Sriharikota.

It was here in Trivandrum that India’s very own space shuttle was conceived and nurtured by ISRO. The project began more than a decade ago at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum – India’s main rocket designing and fabrication laboratory.

Re-Usable Space Shuttle, Source: NDTV

Re-Usable Space Shuttle, Source: NDTV

Re-usable space shuttle is the result of the efforts of more than 600 scientists over the last five years to bring India one of its most extraordinary milestones in space exploration.

 It was built at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum by a team of 600 scientists over five years.

Shyam Mohan, Project Director on the RLV, says he and his team spent countless hours over the years to make this project a reality.  “It was a dream come true as making a re-usable launch vehicle is a complex and challenging task,” he said.

ISRO Engineers with RLV, Source: NDTV

ISRO Engineers with RLV, Source: NDTV

K Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, said, “These are just the first baby steps towards the big Hanuman leap.”

RLVTD

The 6.5 metre-long scale model of the re-usable launch vehicle weighs about 1.75 tonnes and has been made at a cost of Rs. 95 crore.

On this first flight, the RLV-TD will not be recovered but the data collected will be used to improve the designs, paving the runway to the final model

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