ISRO Successfully Launches “Made in India” Space Shuttle : India Enters Elite GPS Club

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ISRO has added one more feather to their crown. For the world it may be a short test flight. But for India’s dreams of building an indigenous space shuttle, the narrow plume of smoke in the skies above Sriharikota was a big deal.

Today At 7 AM, a prototype of India’s Re-usable Launch Vehicle (RLV)—a reusable space shuttle designed under the “Made in India” Initiative to put satellites into orbit—blasted off from the launchpad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

Within 20 minutes of lift off, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) —has diclared that the launch was successful. The 6.5 metre-long prototype of the RLV weighs about 1.75 tonnes and was built at a cost of Rs95 crore. The project has been in the works for about a decade, involving over 600 scientists.

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