The space agency of India, the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) successfully launched its RLV LEX- Reusable launch vehicle Autonomous Landing Mission on the 2nd of April 2023.
The following test was carried out and conducted at the ATR-Aeronautical Test Range located in Chitradurga, Karnataka. It was carried out in the early hours of the morning around 7:10 am and it landed autonomously at the ATR around 7:40 am with the mission being complete and fully successful.
Let us first understand what RLV is.
The reusable launch vehicle is any vehicle which is designed in such a manner that it returns ground or earth and can be launched more than once.
Some examples of RLV are Space Shuttle Orbiter, and Dawn MK-II Aurora. The first reusable spacecraft was launched by the NASA-Space shuttle which is also considered the world’s first reusable spacecraft.
What are the benefits of RLV?
The material cost is reduced due to the reusable nature and the price and cost for the launch become much cheaper.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed his gratitude and happiness towards ISRO conducting the RLV mission.
Jitendra Singh, our space Minister has also praised the whole team for the outstanding favourable outcome.
Who contributed to this test and mission?
Apart from ISRO, Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Indian Air Force (IAF), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), and the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) contributed equally to making this mission a success.
Personalities present during the carrying out of the mission.
Somanath, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation supervised the whole process along with Shyam Mohan N, Programme director of ATSP, and DR S Unnikrishnan Nair, director of VSSC
guided the team. The vehicle director for the mission was Muthu Pandian J, RLV’s Associate Project Director.
The RLVLEX test was the second among the five. Among all the five tests the second one was successfully demonstrated with a precise landing experiment which was able to travel to the orbits of low earth hey for delivering the loans I’m returning to be used again by the earth. This test was carried out almost 7 years later when the technology demonstration RLV was conducted.
According to the Indian space research Organisation, this RLV LEX, an autonomous landing Will be scaled in such a manner that it becomes the first stage of India’s reusable to-stage orbital launch vehicle (TSTO).
It is the first time our eyes have witnessed when our body being carried to an altitude of almost 4.5 km by helicopter and expecting an autonomous landing on a runway.
A reusable launch vehicle is a space plane which has a lonely that can drag ratio which requires an approach to highlight angles. This LEX can avail various indigenous Systems and has localised navigation systems, instrumentation, and sensor system developed by the team of ISRO.
Division of the integrated navigation test in the year 2019 and after that followed a group of engineering model trials and phases of captive tests during the successive and subsequent years before carrying out the actual mission. That is the true agency that has used ask inversion of the RLV LEX launch easy demonstrator known as RLV-TD.
We see our country getting close to everything it deserves.
To quote the chairman of ISRO s Somnath “Will have a few more Nandi experiments with different conditions to prove the racket Ness of the algorithm and hardware that we put in this us step closer to having India’s reusable launch vehicle.”
When the aircraft went out it reached an altitude of almost 65 km and then re-entered with a splash landing on the way to Bengal. According to the experts, it was indeed a very important achievement for India, and it shows how concerned the Indian authority is towards any sort of enemies it can have that they’re planning and achieving defences all in advance.