Name of the Rocket: RLV-TD
Launching Staion: Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh
Necessity: Capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and reentering the atmosphere
Departed Time and Date: 7 a.m., 23rd of May 2016.
- It re-entered to earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of more than 5 Mach.
- It touched down the Bay of Bengal between Chennai and the Andaman archipelago.
It is also known as hypersonic flight experiment.
M.C. Dathan Statement:
- He negotiated that the mission was successful and it was healthy in nature
- He is the former director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram
- It is an India’s own space shuttle
- It brings a way to achieve low cost, reliable and on-demand space access
- It is the series of technology demonstration missions
- It is the first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle
Configuration in similar purpose:
- It behaves as a flying testbed to evaluate various technologies
- Air-breathing propulsion systems in hypersonic flight, autonomous landing and powered cruise flight