ISRO’s Pushpak Experiment Succeeds

ISRO’s third landing experiment for the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) prototype, Pushpak, was successfully conducted this morning in Chitradurga, Karnataka.

Pushpak was dropped from a Chinook helicopter and autonomously glided to land on a runway. The helicopter released Pushpak from a height and distance of 4.5 km, allowing it to descend and land safely.

The vehicle approached the runway at a speed of over 320 kmph. The RLV was designed and built through a collaboration between VSSC in Thiruvananthapuram, the National Aeronautical Laboratory, and the Indian Institute of Science.

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