ISRO is working on testing orbital re-entry of reusable vehicle
Though it's currently focusing on Chandrayaan-II, readying it for an October launch, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is also planning a major experiment as a follow-up to the successful testing of the reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator (RLV-TD). It has already completed low subsonic tests and the wind tunnel model with landing gear at IIT-Kanpur, reports Times of India. Here's more.
ISRO aims to create RLV's scaled-up version and conduct an orbital re-entry experiment. A suitable site has reportedly been identified for configuring landing runway with navigational aids needed for an autonomous descent. Now aids/systems required for unmanned landing need to be set up. Though ISRO head Kailasavadivoo Sivan has confirmed several RLV-TD experiments are in the pipeline, he said work would begin only next year.
Meanwhile, ISRO has announced 52 vacancies for the posts of technician, draughtsman and technical/library assistant at its Bengaluru's satellite centre. The last date for submitting online applications is May 11. The application fee is Rs. 250. However, female/SC/ST/PWD candidates need not pay it. The minimum educational qualification needed to applying for technician/draughtsman is Class 10 and a relevant diploma for technical assistant.