India Launches First Reusable Mini Space Shuttle

Posted: May 23 2016, 6:52am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

India Launches First Reusable Mini Space Shuttle
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  • India sends Reusable Mini Space Shuttle into Outer Space

India has sent its first reusable mini space shuttle into outer space. This is indeed a moment of pride for all Indians.

India has finally launched a space shuttle prototype into the empyrean heights. This is an important milestone in the economical space program that India has set up for itself.

An unmanned version of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) was sent into the heavens today from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. It reached 43 miles before coming back to earth.

ISRO announced the success of the mission to the resounding sound of applause from the staff and administration of the space agency.

RLV-TD has been in the pipeline since a decade or so. Its budget was $14 million. The 23 feet model happens to be six times as small as the actual one. The actual one will be launched by ISRO within the next 10 years time span.

The prototype weighs 1.75 tons. It was not meant to emerge unscathed from the space flight it undertook. Among the information it gathered was stuff regarding automatic navigation, great speed and the fine art of re-entry.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi tweeted the following regarding this endeavor: “Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists. Congrats to them.”

Other space agencies on European soil and in Japan and Russia are also catching up on the trend. They too are busy making reusable space shuttles.

This way the financial amount that is needed and the number of resources will be saved in the long run. Such a scheme follows the actions of SpaceX and Blue Origins.

India is very serious regarding its space shuttle technology. In the future, the Prime Minister, Narendri Modi plans to make India a leader and provider of space technology.

Two years earlier, India was the first Asian country to put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The total cost for this venture was $74 million.

The race for space is on. India is not a country to be left behind in this struggle and endeavor to reach for the stars. It is doing all it can to increase the technological resources at its disposal.

With its huge middle class population (the largest in the world), India is a stable democracy that seeks to widen its domain among the comity of nations.

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