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UK Space Agency Invests Into Development Of Air-breathing Rocket Engine
2013-07-16 11:45:46

ESA 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 euros 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...

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2012-07-11 11:23:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The U.K. government is embracing the future by working on regulations in order to allow the operation of spaceplanes. The new regulations would enable launch systems like the Skylon concept being developed by Reaction Engines Limited (REL) to take place in the U.K. Currently, these types of vehicles are prohibited from using European airspace, but the government is looking to change that. REL's Skylon vehicle would take off...

2012-06-19 02:24:25

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In an awe-inspiring event, Jay Cochrane, Canada's Prince of the Air, continues the "Summer of Skywalks" in the Niagara region. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120619/NY26629) Beginning June 29th, Skywalk 2012 will cross a 400 m (quarter mile) distance over 50-stories in the sky as Jay Cochrane performs the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history for twelve weeks in Niagara Falls, Canada. Sponsored...

'Critical' Spaceplane Engine Testing Underway
2012-04-29 04:30:10

Testing has begun on an engine that could make it possible for a plane to travel into space, travel at five times the speed of sound, and make it possible to reach any destination on the planet in no more than four hours, Suzannah Hills of the Daily Mail reported on Saturday. The vehicle in question is the Skylon, an unmanned, reusable spaceplane that is currently in development at UK aerospace company Reaction Engines Ltd (REL). According to Hill, the craft can take off and land from any...

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2011-05-24 09:25:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the U.K. spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on, reports BBC News. The Skylon vehicle would be a rocket that operates like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. ESA plans the next stage of development to be a ground demonstration of its Sabre engine. The engine is designed to breathe oxygen from the air in the early phases of flight before switching to full rocket mode as the...

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2009-02-19 11:10:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday announced a deal with Reaction Engines Ltd that will invest £900,000 ($1,291,000) in the development of core technologies for its Skylon reusable runway space shuttle. The firm said it hopes to see reusable spaceplanes fly within 10 years. "Traditional throw-away rockets costing more than a $100 million per launch are a drag on the growth of this market. The Holy Grail to transform the economics of getting into space is to use a truly...