Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully tested Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator(RLV-TD).This paves the way for cheap installation of satellites in the sky because ISRO will be able to use same launch vehicle again and again with fuel as a major expense (unlike now where fuel costs less than 20% of total launch cost).

This has many advantages like it will allow us to capture a greater share of space market.Already we are known for cheap space projects like highly successful MOM.This will also strengthen our ties with various countries.Our good performance can attract new talent and partners like NASA,ESA etc.Further, it will give us valuable lessons for future manned missions to Moon,Mars and beyond.But there are few challenges as well.

Though we have taken few steps in the reusable sector, companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are ahead of us and they are moving very fast.In the other fields like sending rovers,satellites to distant objects,astronomical telescopes etc,other space agencies are way ahead of us.Hence,though the present achievement is quite commendable,there are miles to go.

 

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