Today at the spaceport Sriharikota in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was the launch of the first reusable launch vehicle RLV-TD produced in India. The start was made at 7:00 local time (4:30 GMT), and was considered a success despite the fact that upon landing, the rocket was destroyed.
As experts explain, in this case we are talking about the launch of a prototype rocket, so a soft landing that particular vehicle was not planned, and he wasn’t even equipped with a chassis. The purpose of the pilot launch was a technology test flight and gather information that could be useful for further improvement of the launch vehicle, and design optimal for her runway.
The launch was declared successful after 20 minutes after the rocket took off from Baikonur. During this time, the RLV-TD rose to a height of about 70 kilometers and landed on a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal.
Some media mentioned that the information about startup tasks have not been updated since 2009, so it is possible that at any stages of a soft landing as one of those tasks was considered, but later on it was abandoned.
The development of the unit took more than five years and about one billion rupees ($14 million). The length of the RLV-TD is about 6.5 meters, and it weighs 1.75 tons. Booster, reusable not only in theory but also in practice, should appear in India in the coming decade, the experts who worked on the successful start-up.
On April 8, a soft landing after many less successful attempts ended in the flight of the American carrier rocket Falcon 9. Nearly a month later, on 6 may, successfully managed to repeat. The missile was developed by the company SpaceX, founded and led by American entrepreneur Elon Musk .
India successfully hosted the launch of the first rocket of its own production from the spaceport Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. 20 minutes after the start of the flight, the launch was considered a success.
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