- Apr 29, 2015
Mach 6.5 is eventual target. In 2010, it was said that a new facility is planned to be established to get 12 Mach speed.This will probably be a test for the autonomous breathing for full 20 secs all ground tests have been completed
Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle programme is to demonstrate a scramjet engine integrated vehicle performance in autonomous mode. In addition to provingthe design and performance of the scramjet engine the HSTDVwill also be able to prove the associated technologies including aerodynamic design, aero-thermal design, materials and hot structures at hypersonic flight Mach numbers. The HSTDV mission involves launching the hypersonic air-breathing vehicle called Cruise Vehicle (CV) to a Mach number of 6.5 at an altitude of 30-35 km using a rocket launch vehicle.
A single scramjet engine burning kerosene fuel powers the cruise vehicle for a sustained operation of 20 second duration.
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So, my questions:
1. Can we compare to Russian, American and Chinese HGVs?
2. HSTDV involves currently target of getting speed Mach 6.5. So, when do you think we could achieve 12 Mach?
You know, commies too have achieved 14 Mach.