India successfully launches reusable launch vehicle from Sriharikota

Date: May 23, 2016

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully test launched the first 'Made in India' space shuttle — called the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) — early on Monday morning from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The test launch is considered a significant step in India's space endeavour. It's especially important because in 2011, the U.S.'s Nasa abandoned its resuable space shuttle project.

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The test launch of the 6.5 metre long and 1.75 ton reusable launch vehicle ( i ) occurred at 7 am on Monday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

It is important to note that rockets for launching satellites and space explorations are made at VSSC at Thiruvananthapuram. The long-term objective of this mission is to reduce the launch cost by 80 percent of the present cost by using a reusable vehicle.

With this successful demonstration of the indigenously-developed technology can qualify India to enter the elite club of space-faring nations like the US, Russia and Japan, which have developed and used RLVs for their space missions over the years.