This Paper presents the results of a rotating detonation engine rocket sled test demonstration on a 127 mm gauge rail at 100 m long high-speed running track test equipment to evaluate the thrust performance of a stand-alone rotating detonation engine propulsion system. The developed sled test demonstrator contained all onboard subsystems, including engine, gas cylinders, valves, controller, and a data logger. The sled test demonstrator successfully generated thrust, and three or four detonation waves of 1460 to 1800 m∕s were observed during the 2.0 s burn time. The measured specific impulse in the sled test was 144 s as estimated from the acceleration of the demonstrator and the mass decrease in the onboard cylinders. The test results were compared with the data from a laboratory-stand firing test using a load cell, and the specific impulses of the sled test were found to be comparable to the results of the stand firing test.
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