posted on May, 16 2016 @ 12:28 PM
A sleek winged body with weight and size of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) is being given final touches at Sriharikota as it awaits the final
countdown, And, if all goes well than India’s space port at Sriharikota on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh will witness the launch
of the ingenuously made Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD)
So far 4 Flight tests are planned by ISRO, the first as per wiki is on May23rd, though i hear it may get delayed to June..
HEX (Hypersonic Flight Experiment) - 0400 UTC, 23 May 2016 (planned)
-Validating the aerodynamic design characteristics during Hypersonic flight.
-Characterize induced loads during the Hypersonic re-entry into the atmosphere.
-Assess the performance of the carbon fibre used in construction of the nose of the vehicle.
-Demonstrating First Stage separation sequencing.
LEX (Landing Experiment)
REX (Return Flight Experiment)
SPEX (Scramjet Propulsion Experiment)
The first launch it seems the Vehicle will crash into the sea and disintegrate on impact. The subsequent flight tests will require a 2.5 mile landing
runway. The RLV will reduce costs of space flights by 90% as per ISRO and will be able to put space crafts on low Earth Orbit. Though i have to
personally wonder what the human applications are, could it get tourists into low earth orbit ? with 90% reduction in cost this could really be a
great for the tourism industry.
AVATAR will weigh only 25 tonnes in which 60 per cent of mass will be liquid hydrogen fuel. The oxygen required by the vehicle for combustion is
collected from the atmosphere, thus reducing the need to carry oxygen during launch. AVATAR is said to be capable of entering into a 100-km orbit in a
single stage and launching satellites weighing up to one tonne. Both the scramjet engine concept and the liquid oxygen collection process have already
undergone successful tests at DRDO and at the Indian Institute of Science The Final version of the Vehicle would be named AVATAR which will be
completed by 2025.
So if what i am to understand is correct, on testing stages RLV-TD will be on top of a solid stage booster, but in operation phase it will take of and
land like a normal plane ?