RLV-TD is India’s first unmanned test launch vehicle. It is developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation in India. The winged space shuttle is a diminished prototype of a two- stage-to-orbit (TSTO) reusable launch vehicle.
The RLV-TD finished its maiden successful test flight on May 23rd 2016. The test run was for 770 seconds (almost 13 minutes) and the highest altitude reached by the prototype was 65 km/40 miles. This flying testbed will be used to evaluate many different technologies. The final form will probably take 10 – 15 years to develop. Once developed to its full extent, the RLV-TD should take off perpendicularly (as a rocket does), place a satellite in an orbit and come back to earth landing on an airstrip.
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