India has made no secret of its hypersonic ambitions whether aimed at high-speed weapons, sub-orbital passenger transport or as a stepping stone to space. Now, key tests are set to begin for a technology demonstrator that could unlock some of these possibilities. If all goes well, India will be able to conduct the first flight test of its indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) in 2014. “The initial ground testing of the vehicle for nearly 20 seconds ...


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