An artist's impression of the full size reuseable rocket
India has tested an unmanned, small-scale, space shuttle as part of its plans to create a reusable rocket.
The 7 metre scale model rocket "successfully" flew 65km 40 miles into the air before it came down at sea, officials at the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO said.
On re-entry through the Earth's atmosphere the vehicle reached Mach 5, five times the speed of sound, before it landed at sea.
The mission was the first test flight of a "winged body aerospace vehicle" that the country hopes will provide data for its bid to create a reusable rocket.
The 1.75 tonne model was created over the last five years and cost 1 billion rupees £9.6 million .
Reusable rockets for space missions are being developed by a number of companies.