Isro successfully test launches two indigenous scramjet engines

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday, successfully tested two indigenous scramjet engines at the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. India is the fourth country to demonstrate the flight testing of scramjet engine. Image courtesy: isro.gov.in

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The on-flight test of the two air-breathing engines was conducted successfully with Isro's Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV), which is an advanced sounding rocket. The rocket weighed 3,277 kg during lift-off. Image courtesy: isro.gov.in

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Scientists say that the scramjet technology effectively cuts down the cost of launching rockets by reducing its weight by more than half. It will bring down the launch cost of weather satellite INSAT-3DR which is a high-end weather forecast system designed for enhanced meteorological observations and disaster warning. Image courtesy: isro.gov.in

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Scramjet engines obtain oxygen from the atmosphere by compressing the incoming air before combustion at hypersonic speed. It uses hydrogen as fuel and the oxygen from the atmospheric air as the oxidiser. Image courtesy: isro.gov.in


Updated Date: Aug 28, 2016 13:04 PM

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