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The UK company developing an engine for a new type of spaceplane says it has successfully demonstrated the power unit's enabling technology.

Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) of Culham, Oxfordshire, ran a series of tests on key elements of its Sabre propulsion system under the independent eye of the European Space Agency (Esa).

Esa's experts have confirmed that all the demonstration objectives were met.

Very cool! thumb.gif
post #2 of 11
This is brilliant news, it was about time someone came up with an alternative to jet engines and traditional rocket engines wink.gif

EDIT: maybe I should have understood what it is before posting...
Edited by Mr Sprinkles - 11/28/12 at 2:47pm
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this is indeed very cool. sadly this technology will most likely be used for military purposes, not for the betterment of mankind. now I'm thinking WW3 won't be fought on the ground, with boats, or with planes. it will be spaceship combat.
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Interesting.

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Very interesting.
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Originally Posted by HK_47 View Post

this is indeed very cool. sadly this technology will most likely be used for military purposes, not for the betterment of mankind. now I'm thinking WW3 won't be fought on the ground, with boats, or with planes. it will be spaceship combat.

Many advances start in the military, then trickle down to civilian usage. Jet engines were the same way.
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Was it not the Brits that also made the first Jet Engine?
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Is there any application for this on commercial flight, or does it only make sense at higher velocity/weight?
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Was it not the Brits that also made the first Jet Engine?

Nope. It was BMW.

Anyway, phase-change stepping is a beautiful thing.
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Is there any application for this on commercial flight, or does it only make sense at higher velocity/weight?

They is about high speed Jet Engines which require air to be cooled. At speeds commercial fights go its not necessary unless they build a 5x speed of sound commercial plane.
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