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IIT Kanpur Makes History: Introduces India’s First Hypervelocity Test Facility, S2
Titled- 'Jigarthanda', the S2 facility stands as a testament to India's commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration. Located within IIT Kanpur's Hypersonic Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory (HEAL), the 24-meter-long facility is poised to revolutionize hypersonic research by simulating flight speeds ranging between 3-10 km/s.

by Pragti Sharma / 07 Feb 2024 16:24 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 84

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India's scientific prowess received a significant boost as the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) successfully launched and tested the country's first Hypervelocity Expansion Tunnel Test Facility, S2. This monumental achievement places India among a select few nations with advanced hypersonic testing capabilities, paving the way for advancements in aerospace technology.



Titled- 'Jigarthanda', the S2 facility stands as a testament to India's commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration. Located within IIT Kanpur's Hypersonic Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory (HEAL), the 24-meter-long facility is poised to revolutionize hypersonic research by simulating flight speeds ranging between 3-10 km/s. This capability is integral for replicating hypersonic conditions encountered during various missions, including atmospheric entry of vehicles, asteroid entry, scramjet flights, and ballistic missiles.



The development of S2 owes its success to collaborative efforts fueled by a deep understanding of physics and precision engineering. Spearheaded by Professor Mohammed Ibrahim Sugarno and his dedicated team, the project overcame significant challenges, including perfecting the 'free piston driver' system. This system, requiring precise control and execution, involves firing a piston at high pressure down a compression tube at staggering speeds and bringing it to a complete stop—a feat achieved through expertise and innovation.



The establishment of S2 highlights IIT Kanpur's commitment to research excellence and innovation in the aerospace domain. Recognized for its contributions, the institute stands at the forefront of hypersonic research, inspiring a new generation of aerospace enthusiasts and fostering innovation in this dynamic field.



With the inauguration of S2, IIT Kanpur propels India into a new era of aerospace technology. The facility's advanced capabilities strengthen India's scientific standing and provide a crucial capacity boost to the country's space and defense sectors. Armed with sophisticated hypervelocity testing capabilities, India is well-positioned to develop cutting-edge hypersonic technologies and systems, cementing its position as a global leader in aerospace innovation.



News Source: India Today


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