India is joining the reusable space race.

Its space agency has today launched a seven-metre space shuttle, that will be used test the country s plans for creating a spacecraft that can be used multiple times.

The 1.75-tonne unmanned spacecraft — known as Reusable Launch Vehicle — will travel to 43 miles above the Earth s atmosphere then descend back to the surface of the planet.

This mission is the result of five years of work and £9.6 million of investment,according to the BBC.

It s hoped that the country will be using a full-scale reusable spacecraft within the next 10 years.

India joins a long line of people — not least the private companies like SpaceX andBlue Origin — trying to build a reusable space craft.

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