Centre for Hypersonics


About the SCRAMSPACE project

Designed and built in Brisbane, this is a $14 million, three-year research project to collect valuable data from an 8600km/h (Mach 8) high-speed test flight of a hypersonic scramjet.

SCRAMSPACE is the first and largest project funded by the Australian Space Research Program. It builds on Australia's world-class hypersonics heritage, and its core objective is to build capacity and capability, in particular a talent pool, for the Australian space and aerospace industry.

This is achieved partly by means of the Mach 8 flight experiment, for which a team of exceptional young scientists and engineers has been assembled, and partly through extensive ground-based research involving many PhD students at UQ and partner universities.

By addressing key scientific and technological questions, the consortium is conducting ground-tests at up to Mach 14 and a flight-test of a free-flying scramjet at Mach 8.

Unfortunately, the scramjet payload was not delivered to the correct altitude and speed during the flight test on 18 September 2013 due to a problem with the first-stage rocket motor.

While the final stage of the project, the flight test, did not deliver hypersonic flight data, the ground testing and modelling and analysis components of the project delivered many important research results that will be published in papers and theses in the coming years.

Latest SCRAMSPACE updates

Australia's Scramspace launch is unsuccessful
Australia's SCRAMSPACE hypersonics flight experiment from the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway was unsuccessful...


Scramjet tipped for launch any day now
Australia's hypersonic scramjet could launch as early as Monday, with ideal weather conditions predicted...


Six-day window to launch Australia's hypersonic scramjet
The six-day window to launch Australia's SCRAMSPACE scramjet begins on Sunday, September 15 ...


Australia's hypersonic scramjet arrives in Norway for launch
The team will prepare it for its 8600km/h “hypersonic swan-dive” from the edge of space ...


Not at top speed yet: Australia's scramjet ships to Norway
Though it is capable of speeds of up to 8600km/h, the SCRAMSPACE hypersonic scramjet is....


Industry leader’s important role in testing UQ’s SCRAMSPACE
Partnering with industry leader BAE Systems has literally allowed The University of Queensland’s....

UQ News

Exotic Italian research hitches a ride on UQ hypersonic scramjet
An exotic ceramic material that could one day be used to build hypersonic flight craft...


SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight gets the green light
It's all systems go for the experimental SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight, which passed its Critical Design Review...

UQ News

SCRAMSPACE - the next frontier
A talented new team of young scientists and engineers at The University of Queensland (UQ) is building...