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DRDO test fires Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

DRDO test fires Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

India on 12 June conducted a successful first test flight of the indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) from a base off the Odisha coast.

The only other countries that possess this technology are the US, Russia and China.

The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet (allowing supersonic combustion) demonstration vehicle that can cruise up to a speed of mach 6 (or six times the speed of sound) and rise up to an altitude of 32. km in 20 seconds.

It has a range of uses, including missiles of the future, and energy-efficient, low cost and reusable satellite-launch vehicle.

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