[ExI] Skylon- a plane that can fly anywhere in under four hours!

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 23:31:15 UTC 2014

On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 4:00 AM,  John Grigg
<possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:

> "This craft is powered by a new kind of engine, known as a SABRE engine.
> REL asserts that this engine will be capable of operating as a jet engine
> and a rocket engine. Amazingly, it will have the ability to power an
> aircraft at up to five times the speed of sound within the atmosphere, or
> it could send a craft directly into Earth orbit at twenty-five times the
> speed of sound."
> This was developed by the British, and amazingly, not the United States,
> despite our huge defense budget...   ;   )

I visited Reaction Engines when they were in the middle of testing the
precooler two years ago.

It's a very slick combustion cycle that recovers much of the energy
that goes into liquifying hydrogen.

They have serious funding to produce the engine, some of it from the
UK government.


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