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.

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Germans Test Australian SCRAMSPACE Hypersonic Vehicle


DLR PR —
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.

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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…)