Taiwan successfully tested a hybrid rocket that it is building to launch mini-satellites into space. This small HTTP-3A rocket has a height of 4.8m and a weight of 365kg. This experiment was designed to evaluate the second stage in the propulsion system.
This is how HTTP-3A looks.
Launched from southern Pingtung County’s launch pad, the rocket took off. The rocket was expected to reach maximum height of 12km in about 8-10 minutes. After that, it would parachute into the ocean. The rocket was unable to reach its goal, as it flew for just two minutes after having climbed 3 km. The Advanced Rocket Research Center (ARRC), however, called this launch a “major technological advancement” and a great achievement.
Scientists said that the launch was not only used to test the propulsion system but also served as an important test for the rocket’s flight control, ground support, and parachute return systems.
Since 1991, Taiwan has been working on its space program. The United States has helped Taiwan launch its space program until now. The HTTP-3A program is a hybrid-powered rocket that can launch mini-satellites into orbit above 100 km.