ScramSpace hypersonic jet launch unsuccessful

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ScramSpace hypersonic jet launch unsuccessful
The University of Queensland ScramSpace team prepares the craft for launch.

Reason for failure sought.

The Queensland team behind the ScramSpace hypersonic space craft say their $14 million experiment has been discontinued after an unsuccesful launch earlier today from the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway.

A spokesperson for the University of Queensland research group told iTnews they were working on getting more information on why the launch failed and would provide further updates as this happened.

According to the team the ScramSpace took off as planned, with the first and second stages of the hypersonic craft landing safely in water, but the payload did not reach the correct conditions to start data collection.

Project director professor Russel Boyce said the ScramSpace team was disappointed the experiment had been discontinued and was investigating the case.

Final preparations for Scramspace before launch. Source: UQ
The launch in Norway was the culmination of a three-year research project to test fly a 1.8 metre long supersonic combustion ramjet craft that would reach the edge of space 340 kilometres away from earth at Mach 8 or 8,600kph.
Funded by the Australian Space Research Programme, the $14 million research project would have resulted in three seconds worth of data gathering before ScramSpace self-destructed, if it was successful.
In addition to Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States took part in the experiment which had the core objective of building capacity and capability for the nation's space and aerospace industry.
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