The RLV-TD is aimed at putting satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere indianexpress
The 6.5 metre long and 1.75 ton reusable launch vehicle ( RLV-TD ) was launched at 7 am on May 23 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The mission was declared successful 20 minutes after lift-off.
The RLV-TD aims to ultimately put satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere.
“Mission accomplished successfully,” ISRO said after the launch.
The vehicle costed the government Rs 95 crore and has been built at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram – India’s main rocket designing and fabrication laboratory – by a team of 600 scientists over five years.
Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstration Program (RLV-TD) ISRO
Re-usable technology will help reduce the cost of launching objects into space by 10 times. At the moment, it costs about $ 20,000 to send a kilogram in space.
The space agency has been focusing on developing the heavy lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and its high-end version, the GSLV-Mk III, to enable it to break into the lucrative market of launching large communication satellites weighing over 2000 kg.