Isro’s ‘space shuttle’ prototype passes crucial test

Isro’s ‘space shuttle’ prototype passes crucial test

This Article First Appeared In Deccan Chronicle On Apr 3, 2023

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday successfully tested the landing of a ‘space shuttle,’ the Reusable Launch Vehicle Autonomous Landing Mission, (RLV LEX).

The test was a major step the Isro’s plan to launch space shuttle-like projects. Reusable spacecraft make for less expensive space missions.

If the project is carried out, the RLV will be launched by a rocket and will return to earth by itself. The RLV does not have engines and will glide down to land on a runway.

“Isro successfully achieved the autonomous landing of a space vehicle,” Isro said after the space shuttle-like craft landed at a special runway built at the Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga in Karnataka.

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