Phys.org's Blast off: space minnow Indonesia eyes celestial success says
It's a very long way from a Mission Control in Houston, but the Southeast Asian archipelago's answer to NASA has big hopes and is now planning to build its first spaceport on a tropical island off the coast of easternmost Papua.
"We've got a dream to put our own satellite-launching rocket 200 or 300 kilometres into space within five years," said Lilis Mariani, head of the Rocket Technology Centre at the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, known as Lapan.
"It was stable on take off and moved well," said Sri Kilawati, head of the Centre's rocket control programme.
"The objective was to study rocket control. They travel at a very high rate of speed so you've got to observe their behaviour," she added.
So I believe that vehicle shown is primarily for testing subsystems like control.
But I'm curious why it looks like this. There's what looks like a solid booster canted from the bottom that drops off, and an air scoop on top, and a nozzle in the back.
Question: What is this? How does it work? Could something like this reach space or even orbit when scaled up?