Development status of the hypersonic turbojet engine for Mach 5 flight in JAXA

H. Kobayashi, H. Taguchi, T. Kojima, K. Harada, K. Okai, M. Hongoh, T. Arai, T. Sato

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Abstract

Development of the hypersonic turbojet engine with air-precooling system has been conducted in JAXA since 2004. This engine can protect its turbo-machinery from aerodynamic heat during hypersonic flight owing to liquid hydrogen coolant supplied in the air precooler. The latest model of the hypersonic turbojet engine assembled in 2007 has 0.225 by 0.225 meters square cross section, a total length of 2.67m. We have a phased plan for making Mach 5 flight test of the hypersonic turbojet engine by 2015. Our first target velocity of flight experiment is Mach 2. In 2009 we successfully conducted pre-flight verification tests in an altitude testing facility of Akiruno Research Center. In September 2010 the first Mach 2 flight was conducted in Taiki Aerospace Research Field. The Mach 2 flight experimental vehicle carried the engine and propellant system supplying gaseous hydrogen as a fuel and liquid nitrogen as a coolant of the precooler. The engine was ignited at Mach 2 and operated for 20 seconds in supersonic flight environment. The flight experiment was successfully excluding parachute deployment failure. In order to conduct the next Mach 5 flight we must verify the air precooling system with liquid hydrogen in ground test facilities. Direct connected wind tunnel test of the engine is to be conducted in 2011 in Noshiro Testing Center, where free jet wind tunnel test at Mach 5 condition in Kakuda Space Center is scheduled in 2013.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011
Pages6655-6659
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2011 Oct 32011 Oct 7

Publication series

Name62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011
Volume8

Conference

Conference62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period11/10/311/10/7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Kobayashi, H., Taguchi, H., Kojima, T., Harada, K., Okai, K., Hongoh, M., Arai, T., & Sato, T. (2011). Development status of the hypersonic turbojet engine for Mach 5 flight in JAXA. In 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 (pp. 6655-6659). (62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011; Vol. 8).