India successfully launches reusable launch vehicle from Sriharikota

Date: May 23, 2016

Reusable Launch Vehicle RLV-TD

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.

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.