Bengaluru: Rockets used to launch satellites are used only once. Each time a new rocket is produced, the cost increases. Keeping this in mind, efforts were made to find a new rocket that could be used over and over again.
Can be used multiple times
In this case Falcon type rockets were discovered. It is designed to carry not only satellites but also humans into space and back to land safely. It can be used multiple times.
It is in that line that India has developed this type of rocket and successfully tested it yesterday. ISRO scientists have successfully conducted this test at the Aero Nautical Test Range at Selakkare, Chitradurga District, 220 km from Bengaluru, Karnataka.
But it is smaller in size than America’s Elon Musk rocket. Likewise, it lands on the runway like an airplane. For this test yesterday ISRO’s RLV rocket was taken to a height of 4.5 km by helicopter. Then it was driven down from there. This launched rocket lands perfectly on the specified runway.
In this regard, ISRO has said in a Twitter post:
For the first time in the world, the rocket was lifted to an altitude of 4.5 km by helicopter and released to land on the runway. It landed perfectly. It is named reusable rocket or reusable payload vehicle (RLV). It says so.
The rocket landed safely at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Selakkare after being released from the air. The test was jointly supported by the Indian Air Force, Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ATE) and Air Delivery Research and Development Organization (ATRTE).
This reusable rocket (RLV), designed to be launched multiple times, has turned out to be another milestone in ISRO’s achievement.