ISRO successfully test launches scramjet engine from Sriharikota
India on Sunday morning successfully tested its own scramjet a.k.a the air breathing engine with the launch of a big sounding rocket from Sriharikota. “The mission was successful. Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The finer details about the test will be known later,” said a senior ISRO official.
He said that as scheduled the two stage/engine RH-560 sounding rocket took off from the rocket port located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
“The scramjet engines were ignited 55 seconds into the rocket’s flight. The engines were tested for six seconds,” he added.
The scramjet engine, used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight, will help in bringing down the launch cost by reducing the amount of oxidiser to be carried along with the fuel.
With the launch, India has joined a select league of nations holding the promising technology. — Agencies