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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 U.K. government is embracing the future by working on regulations in order to allow the operation of spaceplanes.
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.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the UK spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on.
The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday announced a deal with Reaction Engines Ltd that will invest Â£900,000 ($1,291,000) in the development of core technologies for its Skylon reusable runway space shuttle.
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