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The Skylon spaceplane

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The concept design of the Skylon spaceplane and its Sabre engines took place in the 1990s. Since then Reaction Engines has grown from a couple of engineers working from home to a dynamic Company with manufacturing capabilities and an active research programme. This has culminated in the successful testing of the novel precooler which enables Mach 5 airbreathing flight and cheap access to space. Following this breakthrough the government recently announced £60M for the next phase of development which will be matched by private investment. This lecture will give an overview of the project and its potential future.

Richard Varvill is a founding Director, and currently Technical Director and Chief Designer at Reaction Engines Ltd. He began his career with Rolls Royce Military Engine Division working on advanced gas turbine concepts (EJ200, Hybrid Fan Vectored Thrust Engine and ACME ) and prior to founding Reaction Engines, was responsible for engine design work on the RB545 air-breathing rocket engines and alternative engine studies for ESA winged launcher concepts.

This talk is part of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Cambridge Branch series.

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