The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducts scramjet engine test today at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh around 80 km from Chennai. The rocket took off at 6 am today. The scramjet engine, used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight, will help in bringing down the launch cost of weather satellite INSAT-3DR by reducing the amount of oxidiser to be carried along with the fuel. The weather satellite will be mounted on to the rocket in three to four days.
IANS reported that the launch of weather satellite INSAT-3DR with the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) has been postponed to September.
Three major tests will remain before ISRO that will be able to qualify the RLV as being ready. They will each successively test various parts of the vehicle, especially the scramjet engine’s performance on a full-scale RLV and the RLV’s ability to land on a runway in the middle of the bay. The dates for these tests haven’t been announced yet.
(With inputs from IANS)