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India launches its first reusable space carrier rocket 23 May, 2016

India successfully tested its first-ever swadeshi or indigenous space shuttle today as its scale model - the Re-Usable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator or RLV-TD. The launcher was fired from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, located on the barrier island of Sriharikota. Nearly 20 minutes after its lift-off, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced, "mission accomplished". Unlike vehicle rocket is not re-usable.

The missile, with a length of 6.5 meters and weighing 1.75 tons, is called RLV-TD (Reusable Launch Vehicle).  The missile project, developed over a period of five years, cost the Indian government $ 1.4 million. The RLV-TD will fall on a special platform in Bengal at bay landing because it is not equipped with landing chassis. The Centre explained that the launch of the RLV-TD prototype for purpose of considering technology to collect telemetry data and further analysis of the data. The final version of the launcher should come within 10 to 15 years.

India launches its first reusable space carrier rocket

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