Reaction Engines Ltd. Skylon (Reusable Spaceplane)

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Another innovation we're going to lose?

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There was an excellent multi-page article on the SABRE development project in last weeks Flight International...It's looking very promising.

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They need to get some real business revenue into the company otherwise this just bumbles along forever as one of those never ending British research projects.

I’d suggest MOD applications for hypersonic missiles - do that now and find the space ship off the back end

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SD67 wrote:They need to get some real business revenue into the company otherwise this just bumbles along forever as one of those never ending British research projects.

I’d suggest MOD applications for hypersonic missiles - do that now and find the space ship off the back end
Well, they're currently finishing the construction of the engine test bed facility (in the UK) so it does seem a bit quiet at the moment but once thats done and the engines start testing with the cooler technology, it will be in the news again.

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Some more good news from Reaction Engines....looks like the relationship with RR is deepening. Given RR's work with Boom, Virgin Galactic and Tempest its not really a surprise.


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New launcher concept from Reaction Engines called HVX

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Bit of a bigger deal than I thought...

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From The Engineer...

UK hypersonic defence capabilities have received a boost with the announcement of the Hypersonic Air Vehicle Experimental (HVX) Programme at Farnborough International Air Show.


Reaction Engines/Hypersonic Air Vehicle Experimental (HVX) Programme
The HVX Programme – a consortium of Reaction Engines, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the UK’s National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF) - aims to establish the UK as a leader in reusable hypersonic air systems.

Supported by funding from NSSIF, a project team has been established to develop high-Mach/hypersonic technologies, including air-breathing propulsion architectures, thermal management systems and advanced vehicle concepts. A full-scale experimental engine test campaign has commenced also.

In a statement, John Wardell, director Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce, said: “This collaboration will enable Rolls-Royce to work effectively alongside Reaction Engines and our strategic partners to develop innovative and cutting-edge technologies that will provide our customers with the equipment needed to meet their military requirements. The HVX Programme will bring together a unique opportunity to raise the UK’s profile in our ability to develop both the skills and technology in the fast evolving area.”

According to Reaction Engines, HVX’s immediate aim is to mature technologies which can deliver a reduction in the cost of developing a reusable high-Mach/hypersonic air vehicle. The company’s pre-cooler and SABRE combined-cycle engine technologies are key foundations for the programme.

Additionally, the programme is undertaking design work on experimental hypersonic vehicle concepts, with Farnborough International Air Show hosting the unveiling of Concept V, a single engine hypersonic concept vehicle, which is one of a number in development.

The programme is likely to be expanded to include other aerospace companies and the consortium is aiming to ensure that technologies developed can be utilised by other high Mach/hypersonic applications.

Steve Simm, Air Systems programme manager of Dstl, said: “Dstl is pleased to be involved in this exciting project, through three main aspects: use of MOD research funding to understand potential air system concepts and their feasibility; exploring potential operational utility of these concepts; maximising exploitation of the wider S&T Portfolio, such as the Hypersonics Weapons Research Programme.”


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This all sounds a little bit like the old "Antipodal Bomber" concept!
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