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Australian aerospace project falls flat

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The University of Queensland Scramspace team reparing the payload for launch.

The University of Queensland Scramspace team reparing the payload for launch.

A multi-million-dollar Australian hypersonic flight experiment in Norway has been unsuccessful.

The University of Queensland led the $14 million scramjet project at a Norwegian rocket range.

Rockets successfully propelled the jet out of the earth's atmosphere overnight however it returned with no data.

The University of Queensland's Scramspace team - Russell Boyce, Brad Sharp, Paul van Staden, Michael Creagh, Bianca Capra, Sandy Tirtey (Holding model), Adrian Pudsey, Melrose Brown, Amy Dedman and Igor Dimitrijevic - prior to leaving for Norway.

The University of Queensland's Scramspace team - Russell Boyce, Brad Sharp, Paul van Staden, Michael Creagh, Bianca Capra, Sandy Tirtey (Holding model), Adrian Pudsey, Melrose Brown, Amy Dedman and Igor Dimitrijevic - prior to leaving for Norway.

The project's purpose was to collect data to test whether the technology can be used for future air and space travel.

"It appears at this stage that the payload did not reach the correct conditions to begin collecting data as planned," a UQ statement says.

Professor Russell Boyce says the team is very disappointed.

"The emotions have been up and down," he said.

"There were some tears at times, there was relief, there was immense pride.

"This flight experiment that was put together – it really was functioning superbly and it was very sophisticated."

AAP

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