DRDO likely to test fly hypersonic plane by early next year
DRDO expects to test fly Indiaâ€™s indigenous hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSDTV) by early next year, the defence agencyâ€™s Chief V K Saraswat said Friday.
â€œWe have conducted ground testing of the vehicle for nearly 20 seconds. It has performed well. We are hopeful to flight test it by early next year at Mach 6-7 speed,â€ Saraswat told reporters during Aero India 2011…
The highly ambitious HSDTV programme involves the development of a hypersonic plane that would travel six to seven times faster than the speed of sound. It would attain autonomous scramjet flight for 20 seconds, using a solid rocket launch booster.
While the stated objective of the programme is to reduce the cost of putting payloads in outer space, it could eventually lead to India building a highly powerful hypersonic cruise missile system for its defence forces.
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