The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own version of ‘space shuttle’ which is a complete ‘Made in India‘ effort.
According to credible reports, the space shuttle launch will be carried out at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh this month, before the monsoon hits the nation. Today, on May 15, 2016, scientists gave final touches to this space shuttle which is of the size of a Sports Utility vehicle.
The much-anticipated launch of Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) is considered to be a giant leap in the history of ISRO, and it will surely take India’s place in the space world to new heights.
Major powers in space arena have abandoned the idea of a winged reusable launch vehicle, but scientists in India believe that this concept will considerably reduce the cost of launching satellites into orbit, and thus turning the rocket recycled or usable.
This is for the first time that ISRO is launching a spacecraft which has delta wings. After the launch, it will be glided back onto a virtual runway located in the Bay of Bengal.
According to experts, chances of recovering RLV-TD is quite small, as it will disintegrate on the impact as it is not designed to float. The primary purpose of this experiment is to navigate the spacecraft from a velocity five times higher than the speed of sound in a respective runway in the Bay of Bengal.
Sivan, director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum told that these are all the baby steps before the giant Hanuman leap. If the experiment becomes successful, then it will be a new turning point in India’s space expedition.
Indian began making its version of the space shuttle fifteen years back, and now the efforts have turned fruitful.
As we all know, the prime objective of ISRO is to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks and with this giant leap, the agency has lived up to its expectations.