Japan tested the S-520 rocket with a new methane-oxygen engine of its own design
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Japan tested the S-520 rocket with a new methane-oxygen engine of its own design

Today, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced that a small weather rocket S-520 was successfully tested with a new engine.

The rocket was launched at the Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima Prefecture. The S-520 measures approximately 9 meters in length and weighs about 2.6 tons. The engine generates shock waves by burning methane or oxygen. The rocket was able to reach a height of 168km during tests.

JAXA is currently collecting data using the S-520 to develop a supersonic ramjet motor. This technology will allow the rocket engine to be ten times smaller in the future.

 

Japan tested the S-520 rocket with a new methane-oxygen engine of its own design
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