Here Are The Amazing Pictures From The India’s First Ever Space Shuttle Launch


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Yesterday, India launched its first reusable space shuttle. The launch marks a huge milestone for Indian space industry as well as the global reusable spacecraft industry.

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The space shuttle orbiters of NASA are almost 122 feet long. Upon its completion, Endeavor had cost more than $1 billion.

 

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As opposed to these stats, the 22 feet long, Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) by ISRO is minuscule, to say the least. Accordingly, it hangs a price tag of $14 million.

 

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The RLV-TD aboard the HS9 solid rocket booster lifted off from the First Launch Pad at Sriharikota at 07:00hr IST. HS9 burn out occurred after almost 90 seconds whereby the space shuttle mounted on the top of the rocket coasted to a height of 56 km. RLV-TD separated from HS9 booster and climbed to a height of about 65km. 

The space shuttle began its descent followed by atmospheric re-entry at around Mach 5.

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The shuttle flight lasted for 770 seconds. Albeit the predictions of landing failure, the ISRO scientists have claimed that they pulled off a soft landing into the Bay of Bengal, at a distance of about 450km from Sriharikota, thereby fulfilling its mission objectives.; the shuttle seems to be undamaged.

 

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