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Press Releases from Reaction Engines Ltd.

 

First SABRE Development Milestone Reached

Monday 26th January 2015

Reaction Engines Ltd announces company growth and completion of first SABRE development milestone.

This year, the Reaction Engines team are expanding in staff and activities to complete the SABRE demonstrator programme, with delivery on track for 2019. The company has relocated to larger premises on Culham Science Centre; consolidated its two manufacturing subsidiaries to a single new location in Didcot; and is recruiting across the company, ready for the design, manufacture and testing of the full SABRE engine cycle. This growth phase has also included the purchase of new, bespoke equipment which will enable Reaction Engines to manufacture its proprietary SABRE pre- coolers in-house, at full scale.

The key development activities over the first year of this programme have centred on intakes and combustion systems. This activity includes the recently completed Preliminary Requirements Review development milestone, and has been 50% funded by Reaction Engines' private capital. Matching funding has been provided by the UK Space Agency, through the European Space Agency. With the UK Government's commitment of £60m and private capital secured towards the next steps in this development phase, the Reaction Engines team are positive that a full static demonstration of the SABRE engine is achievable before the end of the decade, marking the greatest advance in propulsion since the jet engine.

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'Skylon-based European Launch Service Operator' Study Complete

Thursday 5th June 2014

Reaction Engines Ltd announces the completion of the most detailed study to date on the SKYLON vehicle's systems and infrastructure

The SKYLON-based European Launch Service Operator (S-ELSO) study has been carried out in response to the European Space Agency's 'New European Launch Service' requirements for lowering the cost of European launch services in the 2020 – 2040 timeframe. The study was led by Reaction Engines with support from Airbus Defence and Space, Grafton Technology, London Economics, Jacobs, QinetiQ Space, and Thales Alenia Space.

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The British Interplanetary Society Plaques on ATV4 for delivery to the International Space Station

Wednesday 5th June 2013

The fourth ATV, ATV 4, named "Albert Einstein", which was launched today on an Ariane 5 rocket, carries two plaques that commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). The two plaques will be taken to the International Space Station. It is planned for one to be returned to Earth while it is hoped its twin remains on the ISS permanently.

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The British Interplanetary Society Delivers a Plaque to SSTL for Flight on UK's TechDemoSat-1

Tuesday 5th March 2013

TechDemoSat-1 whose launch arrangements were announced today by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) will be carrying a plaque commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). The Plaque will be mounted on TechDemoSat-1 and then carried into orbit.

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MAJOR ADVANCE TOWARDS THE NEXT JET ENGINE

10 July 2012

Reaction Engines Ltd. , a UK based company, has successfully completed another series of tests of the key component for a new engine, SABRE, that will enable aircraft to fly anywhere on Earth in under 4 hours, or directly into space and back to deliver satellites and other cargo.

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Confidence in SKYLON

24 May 2011

ESA report commissioned by UK Space Agency finds "no impediments" to further development of Reaction Engines' SKYLON Spaceplane

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20 Years Since HOTOL: Reaction Engines Ltd and SKYLON

2 August 2009

On 15th August 2009, this Oxfordshire aerospace company celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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British Rocket Company Blazes a Trail to the Future

2 July 2009

This week Airborne Engineering Limited blazed a new trail in British rocketry by moving to facilities at the former Rocket Propulsion Establishment at Westcott.

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Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, visits Reaction Engines

22 May 2009

Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, has paid a visit to Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire.

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The Rocket That Thinks it's a Jet.

18 february 2009

The SKYLON spaceplane is one step closer to realization thanks to European Space Agency and UK Government support for revolutionary British propulsion technology

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