Definition of scramjet in English:
A ramjet in which combustion takes place in a stream of gas moving at supersonic speed.
- Like the comparatively slower ramjet counterpart, the scramjet has a simple mechanical design with no moving parts.
- Unlike conventional rocket engines, which must carry oxidizer on board, ramjets and scramjets take in air from the atmosphere and compress it enough to burn.
- The advantages of the technology are clear: the scramjet contains relatively few moving parts compared to a conventional turbine jet engine.
1960s: from s(upersonic) + c(ombustion) + ramjet.
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