ISRO’s Pushpak makes First Flight

New Delhi:  The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully landed the ‘Pushpak’ aircraft in Chitradurga, Karnataka. ISRO gave this information in its X-handle post. ‘Pushpak’ is a winged rocket of the size of an SUV. It is also being called ‘Indigenous Space Shuttle’. This is a reusable aircraft. It can be brought back to Earth and used again.

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.

The first two tests of the reusable launching vehicle were also successful.

ISRO has already successfully landed a reusable launch vehicle twice before. Last year, during the testing of the reusable launch vehicle by ISRO, RLV was launched from an Air Force Chinook helicopter from a height of about four and a half kilometers. During the test, the RLV successfully landed on the runway. The RLV made a successful landing with the help of brake parachute, landing gear brake and nose wheel steering system. The successful landing of the reusable launch vehicle has also confirmed the success of the technology developed by ISRO such as navigation, control system, landing gear and deceleration system.

The cost of space missions will reduce

Based on earlier tests, ISRO this time made the airframe structure and landing gear of RLV stronger than before so that the launch vehicle can bear more weight during landing. The Reusable Launch Vehicle Pushpak Mission was completed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in collaboration with Liquid Propulsion System Center and Inserial Systems Unit of ISRO. The Air Force also cooperated in this.

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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.

Space missions will become affordable

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 affordable. The most expensive electronics 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.


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