ISRO conducts the 200th successful launch of the RH200 sounding rocket1 min read
RH200, ISRO’s versatile sounding rocket, has completed its 200th consecutive successful launch from Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) called it a “historic moment” on Wednesday. Former President Ram Nath Kovind and ISRO chairman S Somanath were among those present.
RH200 successfully launched from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS). According to an ISRO statement, “Indian sounding rockets are used as privileged tools for the scientific community to carry out experiments on meteorology, astronomy, and similar branches of space physics.”
The sounding rocket platform has been used for scientific exploration of the Earth’s atmosphere in campaigns such as Equatorial ElectroJet (EEJ), Leonid Meteor Shower (LMS), Indian Middle Atmosphere Programme (IMAP), Monsoon Experiment (MONEX), Middle Atmosphere Dynamics (MIDAS), and Sooryagrahan-2010.
The Rohini Sounding Rocket (RSR) series were forerunners for ISRO’s heavier and more complex launch vehicles, and are still used for atmospheric and meteorological studies today, according to the national space agency headquartered here. “The 200th consecutive successful flight demonstrates Indian rocket scientists’ commitment to unrivalled reliability demonstrated over the years,” it said.
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