The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to demonstrate the Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator or RLV-TD spaceplane, an experimental sub-orbital spacecraft that is similar to the American Air Force's X-37B.
This spaceplane is designed to significantly and drastically tone down the cost of launching payloads into orbit from the earth. Whereas this previously cost as much as $5,000 per kilogram, the RLV-TD could help bring the cost down all the way to a ridiculously low $500. The winged craft will be capable of coasting along at an altitude of around 100 km before making a gradual and controlled re-entry.
The RLV-TD isn't just a technological marvel in and of itself, but it could go a long way towards making space launches less expensive and by extension, more accessible to a wider range of players.
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