Reusable Sounding Rocket
Concept of reusability for Rockets
As a consequence of the decline of budget allocation for flights year by year, the ideas of reusability and cost-effectiveness in launch vehicles are becoming more and more important. Particularly the sounding rockets launch operation has many potentials for many more flights. Basic rocket configuration is enhanced with the wings, landing gear, flight controls and guidance systems, the rocket can be made to glide and land back at the launch site or at a specific recovery site. The concept behind reusable rockets is to reclaim the ultra-expensive rocket boosters used for launching rockets, and afterwards to refuel and reuse them for rocket flight.
The Reusable Sounding Rocket is a fully re-usable sub-orbital sounding rocket that takes-off from the launch site and after placement of payload in the orbit it will land vertically on the same launch site by controlling it from the control center. one can make repeated use of instruments, recover samples, have a big data storage onboard. The Reusable Sounding Rocket can be launched daily and its target cost for operation is 1/10 of the existing sounding rocket.
For Reusable Rockets, the main technical difference is in propulsion system. Existing Sounding Rockets are made up solid propulsion, where it cannot be controlled once it is ignited. But in the Reusable Sounding Rocket, the propulsion system is clustered LOX/LH2 engines with full-time abort capability despite the one engine fail. To realize the reusable sounding rocket, the main propulsion system should have advanced features of high reliability, reusability, maintainability, and survivability.
Positioning intiatives in Reusable Rockets
Single-Stage-To-Orbit Reusable Launch Vehicles existed in science fiction in the early 20th century. The first Reusable Launch Vehicles were manufactured in the year 1960s and 1970s, named the Space Shuttle and Energeia. The Space Shuttle Orbiter, SpaceShipTwo, Dawn Mk-II Aurora, and the Indian RLV-TD are examples for a Reusable Space Vehicle. But in respect of Reusable Rockets, Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital class reusable rocket, which has been launched by SpaceX. Blue Origin has launched New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system. As such SpaceX and Blue Origin are frontrunners in reusable rocket development and have a legion of private companies following suit behind them. Currently, none of the two operational ISRO rockets, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), are reusable.
Why Reusable Rockets are Important
Sounding Rockets have provided contributions in critical scientific, technical, and educational for over 40 years space age. These are the most robust, versatile, and cost-effective flights till now. With the emerge of Reusable Sounding Rockets technology, it’s been a breakthrough in the area of cost efficiency and launch timelines. Reusable Sounding rockets are one or two stage propellant rockets used for probing the upper atmospheric regions and for space research and landing at the landing site. They also serve as easily affordable platforms to test or prove prototypes of new components or subsystems intended for use in launch vehicles and satellites for Microgravity Experiments, Simulated Gravity Experiments, Atmospheric and Academic Study, and Meteorological Data Collection. These have been an attractive vehicle for Space Tourism in the near future.
Reusable Sounding Rocket
We are developing cutting-edge Reusable Sounding Rocket, which is India’s First Reusable Rocket, being expected to launch in September 2025.
Our unique selling point (USP)
One in Asia Pecific
We are the first private space tech company to launch reusable rockets in Asia Pacific.
Drastically low cost of launch with minimum maintenance & Quicker Launches.
Our propellant is reliable in respect of storability and low stratospheric warming and ozone depletion.
Data Collection from the reusable payload helps to analyze the Microgravity Researches.