ISRO's greatest achievements was the successful testing of the "Pushpak," a reusable launch vehicle

ISRO's reusable launch vehicle Pushpak successfully landed automatically on the runway at around 7.10 am on Friday at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, Karnataka.

Mar 22, 2024 - 10:43
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ISRO's greatest achievements was the successful testing of the "Pushpak," a reusable launch vehicle

ISRO was a big success today. The testing of ISRO's reusable launch vehicle technology has been successful. ISRO's reusable launch vehicle Pushpak successfully landed automatically on the runway at around 7.10 am on Friday at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, Karnataka. On the successful landing of the reusable launch vehicle, ISRO issued a statement saying that ISRO has achieved great success in the matter of reusable launch vehicle technology.

Two reusable launch vehicle landings have previously been accomplished by ISRO. RLV was launched from an Air Force Chinook helicopter last year while the reusable launch vehicle was being tested by ISRO at a height of roughly 4.5 kilometres. The RLV made a successful runway landing during the test. With the aid of a nose wheel steering system, landing gear brake, and brake parachute, the RLV made a successful landing. The reusable launch vehicle's successful landing has also attested to the effectiveness of ISRO-developed technologies, including the landing gear, deceleration system, control system, and navigation.

Based on earlier tests, ISRO this time made the airframe structure and landing gear of RLV stronger than before so that the launch vehicle could bear more weight during landing. The reusable launch vehicle Pushpak mission was carried out by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in collaboration with the Liquid Propulsion System Center and the Inertial Systems Unit of ISRO. The Air Force also cooperated in this. Reusable launch vehicle technology is one of the most challenging technologies of ISRO. With the help of this technology, the cost of ISRO's space missions will be reduced. The first test flight of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Testing Flight was conducted on 23 May 2016 at Sriharikota.

ISRO Chief S Somnath said that making the Pushpak launch vehicle in India was a big and challenging step to make India's space mission economical. The most expensive electronic parts are in the launch vehicle itself. In such a situation, by becoming a reusable launch vehicle, this vehicle will be able to land safely back on Earth after the success of the mission and the same launch vehicle can be used again in the next mission. This is also an important step towards reducing space waste.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer
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