ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) successfully test launched the SCRAMJET Rocket Engine at 6 AM on Sunday from the Satish Dhawan Space Station (SDSC) at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The Air Breathing engine, was tested with the launch of a RH-560 sounding rocket, could make the cost of launches 10 times cheaper. India is now the third nation after the USA and Australia that has this technology. This rocket is also known as the Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV), had lift off weight of around 3,000 kg.
This newly developed engine will use oxygen from the atmosphere and thereby reducing the cost. ISRO also said, “It also reduces the weight of the vehicle during lift-off.”
President Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated ISRO with Tweet:
Hearty congratulations ISRO on successful test of futuristic scramjet rocket engine, India is proud of you #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) August 28, 2016
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 28, 2016
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) August 28, 2016
ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar said, “We are the fourth country to do such a thing, the test was very successful.”
ISRO will also launch ScatSat, a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite with polar satellite launch vehicle next month.