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TNPSC Current Affairs: Indian Space Shuttle

ISRO's Maiden Launch of 'Indian Space Shuttle'
"விரைவில் இந்திய விண்வெளி ஓடம்"
  • For the first time in its history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own version of a 'space shuttle', a fully made-in-India effort. 
  • Very soon and if all goes well possibly before the monsoon sets in,India's space port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh will witness the launch of the indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). 
  • After launch, it will be glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal. This flight will test the capability of the vehicle to survive a re-entry at speeds higher than that of sound, so it is called a Hyper Sonic Experiment (HEX). 
  • A sleek winged body almost the weight and size of a Sports Utility vehicle (SUV) is being given final touches at Sriharikota. 
  • Scientists at ISRO believe that they could reduce the cost of launching the vehicle into space by as much as 10 times if the reusable technology succeeds.
  • K Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,Thiruvananthapuram, says, these are just the first baby steps towards a big leap.
Dinamani Article Dated: 16.05.2016

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