Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator
Indian Space Research Organization ( ISRO ) has indigenously developed Reusable Space Launch Vehicle to be used in possible future missions .
If successfully passed the tests, it will reduce the space launch missions significantly .
NASA used Space Shuttle to transport Payload to and from ISS ( International Space Station ) floating in Low Earth Orbit .
Although it would take at least 10 - 15 years for the final version to put into action, ISRO has series of tests lined up this year and the years to come to test each of the specific functions .
For example, today's launch is to test Hypersonic Flight Experiment (HEX ) , and the next test would be Landing Experiment ( LEX ) .
ISRO RLV-TD Mission Details :
RLV-TD : Resuable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator
First Test : May 23, 2016
Launch Mission : HEX
HEX : Hypersonic Flight Experiment
Rocket : HS9 Booster
Stages : Two Stages To Orbit ( TSTO )
Weight : 1.2 Tonnes
Altitude : 70 Km
Launch Site : Sriharihota
Mission Status : Success
Mission Purpose : To test Hypersonic flight experiment on re-entry into earth atmosphere with velocity 5 times higher than the speed of sound .
The RLV-TD would require Airstrip of 5Km in length , as of now there's no Runway with that distance in the country.
Hence the RLV-TD will fall into Bay Of Bengal 500 Km off of coast .
ISRO RLV-TD Mission Questions Answered :
Hope i've answer some of common questions like
What is RLV-TD ?
It stands for Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator
What is the mission of ISRO RLV-TD ?
To launch Satellites into Space with reusable vehicle cutting down the huge costs of making one time launch vehicles .
Like SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft which is used to supply ISS's payloads , India's RLV-TD will help do similar roles .
What is the purpose of launching Reusable Launch vehicle today ?
To test Hypersonic Reentry experiment while entering into earth from space .
What is the budget cost of developing ISRO's RLV-TD ?
According to media report, it cost around 93 crores for the development of RLV-TD prototype .
When is the Next Mission of RLV-TD be launched ?
It is expected ISRO will launch RLV-TD LEX mission in June 2016 to test Landing Experiment of the vehicle.
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