The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully test-fired Supersonic Combustion Ramjet or scramjet engine at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
India is only the fourth country in the world to develop such an engine. The engine will be used in the launch of the next weather satellite, INSAT-3DR, reported NDTV.
“Today’s experiment of doing a scramjet engine test is a very significant development. We are the fourth country to do such a thing, the test (scramjet engine) was very successful.” ISRO Chairman, A S Kiran Kumar, told ‘ANI’.
The scramjet engine are used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight and it will help bring down launch cost by reducing the amount of oxidiser to be carried along with the fuel.
Later, the ISRO in a statement said: “With this flight, critical technologies such as ignition of air-breathing engines at supersonic speed, holding the flame at supersonic speed, air intake mechanism and fuel injection systems have been successfully demonstrated.”