The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has shown for the first time a rocket engine that can reproduce a useful explosion when fuel and oxygen are combined. The team said the development could be “a big step forward in space travel.”
According to JAXA, this engine could allow detailed study of objects in deep space. Due to the shock of extremely high frequencies in the range of 1 to 100 kHz, the process led to the generation of compression and detonation waves. In addition, this technique allows you to reduce the weight of the engine while increasing its power.
Japanese scientists have already set themselves the goal of developing engine performance.
The Japan Times article notes that the rocket engine was tested on spacecraft No. 31, a space rocket belonging to the S-520 group of sounding rockets. JAXA added that the device took off at 5:30 am local time from the Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Reaching an altitude of 235 km within the first four minutes after leaving, the device fell into the sea in the southeastern region of Uchinoura. The flight lasted about eight minutes.
During this time, JAXA was collecting flight and device data in a special capsule on board. The Japanese space crew retrieved it after it touched water.