India plans delayed scramjet flight test for 2010
India’s first scramjet technology demonstrator will be flight-tested next year, four years later than planned and having failed to meet two previous targets, by the government-run Defence Research and Development Laboratory in Hyderabad.
The Indian military wants to use scramjet systems for a hypersonic missile. The first demonstrator flight test will be carried out at India’s integrated test range on its east coast.
India has longer-term plans to use scramjet technology for its proposed 25,000kg (55,000lb) spaceplane called Avatar, the Sanskrit word for a god who appears in bodily form on Earth. The spaceplane would ferry civilian and military satellites of about 1,000kg into a low Earth orbit.
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