India's first space capsule returns to earth 2007-01-22 16:33:33

    NEW DELHI, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- India's first Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) has successfully returned to earth at around 9:45 a.m. local time on Monday as its planned, according to India TV.

    An Indian military helicopter located the 550-kg SRE-1 which went into the Bay of Bengal, about 140 km east of Sriharkikota in the south of the country and recovery efforts are in full swing.

    The capsule is expected to be soon brought to Sriharikota where SRE 1 was launched early this month. Indian scientists have conducted two microgravity experiments on board related to metallurgy and biometrics synthesis.

    The TV said that on re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, a parachute system was used to reduce the touch-down velocity of SER1 after initial aerodynamic braking. A floatation system kept the SRE afloat.

    The SRE-1, which was designed to demonstrate spacecraft recovery technology capability, was launched by PSLV-C7 along with Cartosat-2 on January 10 from the Sriharikota spaceport.

    The SRE 1, made of mild steel, was designed to demonstrate the capability to recover an orbiting space capsule, and the technology of an orbiting platform for performing experiments in microgravity condition.

    It was also intended to test reusable thermal protection system, navigation, guidance and control, hypersonic aero-thermodynamics, management of communication blackout, deceleration and floatation system and recovery operations, said the TV. 

Editor: Yao Runping
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