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Revolutionary space engine system for Skylon tested.


British engineers have begun a crucial series of tests of an experimental engine technology that its designers believe could revolutionise space travel.The Skylon project is a concept for a spaceplane which could fly from runway to orbit in a single stage.The key is a unique design for an engine that operates as a jet and rocket motor combined.The critical component is a specially-designed cooling system to handle the high temperatures of rapidly-flowing air.David Shukman was given exclusive access to the tests at Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire.

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  • danwiberg9#

    danwiberg9 December 2, 2012 2:42:58 AM CET

    Not impressed a space elevator would be more economical. Or we could just use one of those Military ARVs.

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