Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A ram-rocket in the news

Via Parabolic Arc, I see the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully conducted a flight test of its scramjet enhanced sounding rocket today.  In today's test, the scramjet combustor was passive.  The goal of the test appears to have been merely to reach and hold an optimal velocity.  They report held the desired Mach number (~6) and dynamic pressure for some 7 seconds.  In the next test flight, the scramjet should be enabled.