A completely reusable suborbital spacecraft that is distinctly different from conventional vertical launch rockets and the separate, multiple-engine airframe systems being developed overseas.
- Instead of a launch, we took off and landed
- The airframe is not disposable, but
- Switch combustion modes and fly with
a single airframe engine.
In order to reach space with a single engine, we are developing the world’s first engine that can switch between jet combustion mode and rocket combustion mode, based on detonation technology. A combustion experiment was successfully conducted in 2005, and we are currently conducting technology demonstration and development for practical use.