August 22, 2013
I wonder what they'll christen her
Here's some follow up to last May's post, Anywhere on the globe in 4 hours. That was about Reaction Engines' SABRE, an engine which sounds like more than just a flash in the technological pan.
ESA Test Opens Way to UK Spaceplane Engine Investment
The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine – intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane – following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology.
The £60 million investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE.
Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine will use atmospheric air in the early part of the flight before switching to rocket mode for the final ascent to orbit.
The concept paves the way for true spaceplanes – lighter, reusable and able to fly from conventional runways.
Reaction Engines plans for SABRE to power a 84 m-long pilotless vehicle called Skylon, which would do the same job as today's rockets while operating like an aeroplane, potentially revolutionising access to space.
Posted by joke du jour at August 22, 2013 06:02 PM
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