Bangalore: India is developing a winged reusable rocket and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has configured a technology demonstrator as a first step towards realizing it, the space agency said in a report.
India’s space scientists have already configured a winged Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). This is a first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit fully reusable launch vehicle, according to Isro. The agency said in its latest annual report that a series of technology demonstration missions have been conceived.
“The RLV-TD will act as a flying test bed to evaluate various technologies like hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air breathing propulsion. First in the series of demonstration trials is the hypersonic flight experiment,” it said.