NEW DELHI – India plans to carry out a test flight of its reusable rocket launcher in March, in what could be a first step toward affordable access to space technology. The Winged Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD), fitted with solid strap-on thrusters, will fly at five times the speed of sound (Mach 3) to reach an altitude of more than 100 km (61 mi.) within a time frame of barely 5 min. The vehicle "will take off vertically like a rocket" from the ...

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