ISRO created history with the third consecutive landing of 'Pushpak', know the special features of RLV LEX

Ananya Shroff
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Know how Pushpak landed amidst strong winds

Regarding the successful landing of 'Pushpak', ISRO said that earlier our RLV LEX-01, RLV LEX-02 missions were also successful. This time the challenges were more, the wind was strong and 'Pushpak' was released from a height of 4.5 kilometers, 4.5 kilometers away from the runway. 'Pushpak' very skillfully made its way in the air and landed on the runway.

This success is also special because the speed of 'Pushpak' was much higher than any ordinary airplane or fighter plane. After landing at a speed of 320 kilometers per hour, its speed was reduced to 100 kilometers per hour with the help of a brake parachute. After this, the brakes of its wheels worked and it stopped completely. While moving on the ground, 'Pushpak' maintained its balance on its own and kept moving straight on the runway.

What will be the benefit of this mission?

ISRO said this mission shows how spacecraft returning from space will land in the future. ISRO chief S Somanath congratulated the team on this success. VSSC director Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair said this continued success increases ISRO's confidence in critical technologies required for future orbital re-entry missions.

In this mission, several ISRO centres like SAC, ISTRAC, SDSC-SHAR worked together. Apart from this, Indian Air Force (IAF), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA) under Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Indian Aerospace Industrial Partners, Indian Oil Corporation of India and Airport Authority of India also contributed.

You will also salute after knowing the specialty of this mission

You will also salute after knowing the specialty of this mission

This mission is also important because the 'Pushpak' and its equipment used in it were the same as those used in the LEX-02 mission. That is, ISRO is saving money by using the same thing again and again. In this mission, ISRO used many types of sensors like inertial sensor, radar altimeter, flush air data system, pseudolight system and NavIC. ISRO says that this mission will help in making reusable rockets in the future.


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