India recently launched its first reusable space shuttle at Sriharikota. This reopened India's Space Shuttle program for the first time since it had closed in 2011. More and more money is now being put into research and resources for this program. The $14m spacecraft used was 1.75 tonnes, and designed primarily to give the Indian Research Organization (ISRO) an opportunity "to collect important data on hypersonic speed and autonomous landing."Their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has gone on recored "praising the 'industrious efforts' of the scientists involved."
- Livia Gazzolo