Launch vehicle will automatically land on earth from space, another miracle of ISRO
Satellite launching will become more economical
The RLV began its descent using the Integrated Navigation, Guidance and Control System and made an autonomous landing at 7:40 am IST. The autonomous landing was performed under the exact conditions of a space re-entry vehicle landing. “Adaptation to contemporary technologies developed for RLV LEX makes ISRO’s other launch vehicles more economical as well,” the statement said.
ISRO had earlier successfully tested the re-entry capability of the RLV-TD vehicle under the HEX (Hypersonic Flight Experiment) mission in May 2016, which is a significant milestone in the direction of developing a reusable launch vehicle.
Apart from ISRO, Indian Air Force, Army Airworthiness and Certification Center, Aeronautical Development Establishment and Air Delivery Research and Development Establishment contributed significantly to this test. S Somnath, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO was among those who witnessed the test.