President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and a host of leaders congratulated ISRO's successfully tested its home-grown winged RLV.
A scale version of a 'Reusable Launch Vehicle' or RLV-TD as it is launched from Sriharikota on the south-east coast of India. Pic/PTI
India on Monday successfully tested its home-grown winged reusable launch vehicle (RLV), demonstrating its space technology prowess and joining an elite club of space-faring nations like the US, Russia and France.
Here are some of the tweets...
Hearty congratulations to our space scientists at ISRO on successful launch of India's first-ever indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) May 23, 2016
The dynamism & dedication with which our scientists & @isro have worked over the years is exceptional and very inspiring.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2016
Congratulations to @isro on achieving yet another milestone & successfully launching India's first indigenous space shuttle!Very proud— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 23, 2016
Congratulations and best wishes to @isro scientists for the launch of India's first indigenous space shuttle. You make us proud— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 23, 2016
With the launch of RLV-TD, our scientists at @isro add another feather of spectacular achievement for our nation. Congratulations!— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) May 23, 2016
Congratulations to ISRO's team at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram on the successful outcome of their decade-long effort— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 23, 2016
Congratulations to @isro scientists, & engineers for successfully launching indigenous space shuttle RVL-TD & making the country proud.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 23, 2016
The sleek 1.7-tonne RLV was latched on top of a 15-tonne rocket with a booster for lift-off from the spaceport here in Andhra Pradesh, about 80km north of Chennai, off the Bay of Bengal coast.
After 91.1 seconds into the flight, the burn out occurred while the rocket along its vehicle coasted to an altitude of 56km and separated to ascend to 65km above the earth in sub-orbital space.
From 65km height, the vehicle began its descent followed by atmospheric re-entry at Mach 5 (five times speed of sound).
The entire flight duration from launch to landing in the sea was 13.3 minutes.