It seems Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is leaving no stone unturned in its objective of becoming the world’s leading space body.
This comes just days after after achieving the landmark own GPS system, IRNSS.
An artist’s impression of the ISRO RLV. ISRO
The launch at present is tentatively scheduled for May 23, but can be pushed back. The final decision on this would be taken during the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee meeting on May 11.
With RLV-TD, ISRO scientists are trying to conquer a new technology. ISRO has been keeping a low profile on May 23rd’s launch as they are now entering a new and unknown space.
A cross section reveals the internal structure of the ISRO RLV. Nasa SpaceFlight.com
Explaining how this launch would work, ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar, in an recent annual lecture, said:
Once the vehicle re-enter’s Earth’s atmosphere, it will drop into the sea.
Though the vehicle cannot be retrieved, the RLV-TD experiment will act as a flying test bed to evaluate various technologies, namely, hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air-breathing propulsion.
SpaceX’s Elon Musk is also conducting a similar experiment. Recently he even tasted success when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket landed back successfully on a drone ship.