India’s space agency, ISRO, has marked a significant advancement in reusable launch vehicle (RLV) technology with the successful completion of the RLV LEX-02 landing experiment. Conducted on March 22, 2024, at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga, Karnataka, this milestone follows last year’s RLV-LEX-01 mission and underscores India’s growing prowess in aerospace innovation.

RLVs, such as ISRO’s Pushpak Viman, are pivotal in revolutionizing space transportation by enabling multiple launches using the same vehicle, thereby significantly cutting down costs associated with space missions. These vehicles are equipped with advanced features like heat shields and flight control surfaces to protect them during re-entry and enhance maneuverability.With the successful completion of RLV-LEX-02, ISRO continues to push the boundaries of space technology, paving the way for future missions that will further advance India’s capabilities in space exploration and commercial satellite launches. As ISRO moves forward, the development of reusable launch vehicles like Pushpak Viman remains a cornerstone in India’s ambitious space program, poised to make significant strides in the global space industry.

Source and Courtesy : Indian Space Research Organisation