posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 07:12 AM
The scramjet neads very high velocities for it to even start working which is why a rocket is normally used on the experimental versions but i was
thinking of the possibility of a hybrid engine that incorporates both aerospike (to get to scramjet ignition) then the engine could go into scramjet
operation propelling the craft to mach 10 or above. Dont get me wrong, i know it is no easy task to develop this kind of engine but with considerable
effort i believe it could be done and it could bring a whole new dimension to aerospace design. NOTE this engine is not designed for orbit, only very
high altitude unless enough speed can be attained to simply coast into space without carrying the fuel source (ie oxygen).