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Reusable rockets seem to be the future of space travel and research. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization )saw SpaceX create history by launching and recovering its first ever reusable rocket on Saturday. Hence India’s plans are in the same sector.

 

Apparently, the Indian Space Research Organisation had plans of launching its first reusable vehicle on December 28, 2015. But due to some technical slags, the launch was postponed to 2016. The launch then, could have been set in February 2016 but due to other scheduled launches, it was moved to April.

The vehicle that will be hurled into lower earth orbit and be brought back to the surface has been named the Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD)  and it was developed by Thumba-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).

On paper, ships like the RLV-TD can bring down operation costs during a space mission to 10 percent the actual revenue.

The mission of the space shuttle from ISRO is to fly to an altitude of 70km and then execute a soft landing in the Bay of Bengal. Currently, according to the results of multiple simulations, the rocket is destined to drown to the bottom of the sea with no plans of recovery, but the space institute is working on this.

 

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