Test flight of in­dige­nously de­vel­oped scram­jet en­gine


The test­ing of sub-scale demon­stra­tor scram­jet en­gine is en­vis­aged as a part of tech­nol­ogy de­mon­stra­tion, by mount­ing it on a two-stage solid rocket. This test in­tends to demon­strate su­per­sonic com­bus­tion in flight and eval­u­ate the in­te­grated func­tion­ing of the en­gine. The prepa­ra­tions for car­ry­ing out the test are un­der­way and the test is likely to be con­ducted in the third quar­ter of 2016.

Scram­jet en­gine tech­nol­ogy is a com­plex tech­nol­ogy which is yet to be fully proven world­wide. It is en­vis­aged for use in launch ve­hi­cle, once the tech­nol­ogy at­tains suf­fi­cient ma­tu­rity. The tech­nol­ogy will be use­ful only dur­ing the at­mo­spheric phase of the flight of launch ve­hi­cle and will ben­e­fit in bring­ing down the cost of ac­cess to space, by re­duc­ing the amount of the ox­i­dizer to be car­ried along with the fuel.

This in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided by the Union Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh in a re­ply to an un­starred ques­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha re­cently.

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