ISRO tests scramjet engine successfully
Chennai: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s Scramjet Engine Technology towards the realisation of an Air Breathing Propulsion System was successfully tested today at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at SHAR, Sriharikota.
The flight testing was started at 6:00 am on 28 August 2016. The important flight events like burn out of booster rocket stage, ignition of second stage solid rocket, functioning of Scramjet engines for 5 seconds followed by burn out of the second stage took place exactly as planned. The vehicle was successfully tracked during its flight from Sriharikota for about 300 seconds and approximately 320 km until it reached Bay of Bengal.
ISRO was able to successfully flight test critical technologies such as ignition of air breathing engines, holding flames at supersonic speed, air intake mechanism and fuel injection system of scamjet engine.
“India is now the fourth country in the world to do such a thing, the test was very successful. Today’s experiment is a very significant development.” said ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar.
The scramjet engine is used during the atmospheric phase of the flight. It helps in bringing down the oxidiser thereby reducing the launch cost.