ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is preparing to conduct the first landing demonstration of its Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) on Saturday said S. Somanath, chairman, ISRO is conducting a landing demonstration for the first time for its RLV-TD Program. ISRO’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD) Programme is intended to return to Earth substantially intact and thus be reused.

The planned landing experiment will take place in Challakere, Chitradurga district, about 220 kilometres from Bengaluru, where critical technologies like approach and autonomous landing on a runway will be demonstrated.

RLV-TD is a two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) fully reusable vehicle that will be taken to an orbit by an ascent vehicle derived from the existing GSLV and PSLV stages and stay in orbit for a stipulated period, re-enter and land in a runway autonomously with the landing gear.