Monday came and along with it came euphoria. India has done it and space history will always have a word of praise for the brilliance showed by the people working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). A winged body of Indian origin has been launched into space and the credit totally goes to the ISRO, which has launched the or the reusable launch vehicle into space. Let’s raise our hands for a clap for the Indian brains who worked day and night to get a “history space” on Monday!
Do you find the shape of the RLV-TD or the reusable launch vehicle similar to the familiar American space shuttle? That holds true as the “swadeshi” RLV-TD definitely resembles the shuttle. The testing period is over, and the Indian scientists have tasted success, as the original space shuttle has been launched into space today at about 7 A.M., from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) pronounced “mission accomplished” about 20 minutes after the winged body’s lift-off.
The re-usable launch vehicle was created by nearly 600 scientists working at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and the shuttle is about 6.5 metre long scale length with a weight of 1.75 tonnes. This shuttle took more than 5 years to be completed and it was designed with expenses amounting to almost Rs 95 crores. A single kilogram object may take about $ 20,000 to be transported into space. The price of launching vehicles into space is more than 10 times more expensive, but it’s the reusable technology that has helped in reducing the costs.
ISRO scientists are working with two more prototypes and then they will launch a final shuttle it will be about 40 meters, i.e. 6 times larger in size than the present re-usable object, and this space craft will be accommodating astronauts as well. The plans of launching this into space are predicted to take place around 2030.Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India was all praise for the scientists at the ISRO and he tweeted his delight stating “Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists. Congrats to them.”