May 23, 2016

ISRO successfully launches India's first-ever indigenous space shuttle

India's first-of-its-kind indigenous space satellite launch vehicle - RLV-TD - was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am today. The mission was declared successful 20 minutes after lift-off.

The 6.5 meter long Re-Usable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) weighs about 1.75 tons. It was built by a team of 600 scientists at a cost of Rs. 95 crore over five years.

Re-usable technology will help reduce the cost of launching objects into space by 10 times.

This is the first time that Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO will fly a winged body and bring it back to land on a make-shift runway in the Bay of Bengal. However, in further tests an undercarriage will be placed to make it land, possibly at Sriharikota.

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