Press Release


Flight Test Results for Scramjet Engine (Follow-up Report #2)

March 30, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to provide more information about our scramjet engine flight test that used the HyShot flight experiment system at the Woomera range in Australia at 11:40 a.m. on March 30, 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST.) The actual flight test operations were commissioned to the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.

The UQ informed JAXA that the highest altitude reached by the rocket was about 290 km, which is approximately 10% lower than the scheduled 320km, according to the telemetry data sent from the HyShot.

We will continue to analyze the telemetry data to find out the impact of the deviated rocket flight on the scramjet engine. We will inform you of the results as soon as we receive them.

(Reference press releases)
(1) Commissioning of Scramjet Combustor Flight Experiment (March 20, 2006)
(2) Flight Test Results for Scramjet Engine (March 30, 2006)
(3) Flight Test Results for Scramjet Engine (Follow-up Report) (March 30, 2006)

For inquiries:
Public Affairs Section, General Services Division, Institute of Aerospace Technology,
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
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Public Affairs Department, JAXA
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