The Indian space agency is likely to test RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) Landing Experiment later this year so that it can commence the Orbital Re-entry Experiment by next year. The landing Experiment will see the RLV wing-body will be carried using a helicopter and released at a distance of ~4-5 km ahead of the runway with a horizontal velocity. RLV will then glide and navigate towards the runway, and land with its landing gear deployed at a place called Chitradurga in Karnataka.

Next in 2022, RLV will ascend into orbit, stay there, re-enter and land on a runway like an airplane. 1:8 scale RLV has been developed for this experiments along with that New system like Landing gear, Parachute, Hook beam assembly, Radar Altimeter, and Pseudo lite were developed and qualified.

India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD), successfully flight tested on May 23, 2016, from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. RLV-TD is one of the most technologically challenging endeavors of ISRO towards developing essential technologies for a fully reusable launch vehicle to enable low-cost access to space.

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