On Monday, Indian Space research organization (ISRO) created history by test launching first ever indigenously developed space shuttle. ISRO launched the Reusable Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota in Andra Pradesh. For the first time in Indian space exploration history, ISRO succeeded in launching winged space shuttle that came back to the ground after being launched. The RLV landed in Bay of Bengal on a virtual runway which is approximately 500 Km from the coast of Andra Pradesh. However, ISRO has made it clear that the project of test launching RLV is in a very preliminary stage and to build a fully fledged winged space shuttle can take up to ten to fifteen years. After the success of test model, ISRO is planning to build an indigenous winged space shuttle around 6 times bigger than the test model which can carry astronauts in space.
As per government reports, Indian government invested around 95 crores on the RLV test model. It has been estimated that if the idea of reusable space shuttles works then the cost of space access might come down to a greater extent. The test on RLV conducted by ISRO so far has an international importance because world’s renowned space agency NASA has abandoned further research on reusable space shuttle technology. Meanwhile, countries like Japan and Russia has also developed RLV test models.
In the year 2013, Indian Space Research Organization grabbed global attention after it launched an unmanned space probe to Mars successfully by spending just USD 73, Million. While NASA spent a whopping amount of USD 671 million for sending its MAVEN mission on Mars.