SCRAMSPACE Test Unsuccessful

SCRAMSPACE vehicle. (Credit: University of Queensland)
SCRAMSPACE vehicle. (Credit: University of Queensland)

ANDOYA, Norway (UQ PR) — Australia’s SCRAMSPACE hypersonic flight experiment from the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway has ended in an unsuccessful launch.

The launch was the culmination of the three-year SCRAMSPACE research program, and was designed to conduct a flight-test of a free-flying scramjet at Mach 8.


Germans Test Australian SCRAMSPACE Hypersonic Vehicle

Can new types of engine make spaceflight easier and more economical? This question is being investigated by researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) using one of Europe’s leading hypersonic wind tunnels, located in Göttingen. The engine is being tested for an Australian Scramjet-based Access-to-Space Systems (SCRAMSPACE) experimental spacecraft – SCRAMSPACE I – scheduled for launch in 2013.


Australian Hypersonic Project Set for Launch From Woomera

HiFire scramjet vehicle

Aviation Business has an update on Australia’s SCRAMSPACE project:

Australia’s own hypersonic jet project is on track for launch at Woomera late next year, having just passed a major design review.

According to Dr Sandy Tirtey, the Technical Lead and focal point of the project team, the scramjet has passed its preliminary concept development phase. (more…)