August 28, 2016 9:52:22 am
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday lauded the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for successfully conducting the scramjet engine test on Sunday morning from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh. “Hearty congratulations ISRO on successful test of futuristic scramjet rocket engine, India is proud of you,” the President tweeted.
Following the launch, the national space agency said that the test has met all the intended parameters. The newly developed scramjet engine has been test launched onboard a RH 560 sounding rocket at 6 am. With this, India has joined a select league of nations holding the promising technology.
A senior ISRO official told news agency IANS that the mission was successful. “Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The finer details about the test will be known later.” The official also said that as scheduled the two stage/engine RH-560 sounding rocket took off from the rocket port at SDSC in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
According to reports, the two air breathing engines were at the sides of the rocket and the scramjet (Supersonic Combustion Ramjet) engines would use the atmospheric oxygen when the rocket reaches a height of 11 km. “The scramjet engines were ignited 55 seconds into the rocket’s flight. The engines were tested for six seconds,” the ISRO official added.
Reportedly, ISRO will also launch ScatSat — a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite — with polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) in September. Though the Indian satellite will be a co-passenger to an Algerian satellite, the two satellites will be put into different orbits.
(With agency inputs)
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