President, VP, PM congratulates ISRO on successful launch of first RLV-TD

rlvtd-759New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on successful launch of India’s first Re-usable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD).

In a message to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, President Mukherjee said, “I extend my hearty congratulations to you and your entire team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of India’s first Re-usable Launch Vehicle -Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD).”

“The launch of RLV-TD is an important achievement made by the ISRO and takes India into the ranks of leading nations of the world with space shuttle capabilities. The nation is proud of this achievement,” he noted.

“Kindly convey my greetings to all members of your team of scientists, engineers, technologists and others involved in this great mission. I wish the ISRO continued success in all its future endeavours,” said the President.

In his message, Vice President Ansari said “I offer my congratulations to the Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful test of the RLV-TD. I wish ISRO all the very best for the future.”

Congratulating ISRO, Prime Minister Modi said: “Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists. Congrats to them. The dynamism and dedication with which our scientists and ISRO have worked over the years is exceptional and very inspiring.”

India on Monday successfully launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am.

ISRO said the mission has been accomplished successfully.

The Re-Usable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator, RLV-TD, that is ultimately aimed at putting satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere, was carried up on a solid rocket motor.

The nine-metre long rocket weighs 11 tonnes. Very similar in its looks to the U.S. space shuttle, the double delta-winged RLV-TD being experimented is a scale model which is almost six times smaller than the final version.

The 6.5-m-long RLV-TD has aeroplane like structure which weighs about 1.75 tons.

The cost of this project is Rs.95 crore.

After launch from the Sriharikota spaceport, it glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal. The vehicle re-entered the atmosphere after reaching a height of over 70 km. The mission, known as the hypersonic flight experiment, lasted about 10 minutes.

Earlier, explaining the importance of the experimental RLV, ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said, “It is essentially an attempt by India to bring down the cost of making infrastructure in space.”