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Singapore to test 'space plane'

Locally made prototype to get its first test flights in May

Published on Feb 14, 2014 8:39 AM
Hope Technik's Peter Ho (fifth from left), Airbus’ Christophe Chavagnac (fourth from left) and some of Hope’s engineers with a model of the plane the two companies are working on. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

A made-in-Singapore prototype of a space plane, which can take travellers to the edge of space 100km above earth, will take off for its maiden test flights in May.

The tests will mark a milestone for home-grown defence contractor Hope Technik, which signed a deal with French aerospace giant Airbus Defence and Space at the previous Singapore Airshow two years ago.

Hope, which beat bigger local rivals to land the multimillion-dollar deal, is supposed to design, build and launch a space plane prototype, as well as run it through tests.

The May flights are part of a series of tests to assess the model plane's aviation electronics, aerodynamics and glide capability.

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