Technical Documents


Additional technical information on heat exchangers, SABRE engines and their application to Mach 5 cruise and space access is provided below.



SKYLON Users' Manual

Compiled: Mark Hempsell and Roger Longstaff
Revision 2.1.
June 2014

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The SKYLON Spaceplane - Progress to Realisation

Richard Varvill, Alan Bond
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), Volume 61, pp. 412-418, 2008

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SKYLON - A Realistic Single Stage Spaceplane

Alan Bond, Richard Varvill, John Scott-Scott and Tony Martin
Spaceflight, Volume 45, pp. 158-161, April 2003

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Application of Carbon Fibre Truss Technology to the Fuselage Structure of the SKYLON Spaceplane

Richard Varvill and Alan Bond

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SKYLON Trajectory Data

SKYLON configuration C1 trajectory data - for air-breathing ascent, rocket ascent and re-entry.

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A Comparison of Propulsion Concepts for SSTO Reusable Launchers

Richard Varvill and Alan Bond, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS),Volume 56, pp. 108-117, 2003

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Heat Exchangers

Heat exchanger design in combined cycle engines

Helen Webber, Simon Feast, Alan Bond IAC 2008 C4.5.1

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Heat exchanger development at REL

Richard Varvill IAC 2008 C4.5.2

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The Sensitivity of Pre-cooled Air-breathing Engine Performance to Heat Exchanger Design Parameters

Helen Webber, Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), Volume 60, pp. 188-196, 2007

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An Experimental Pre-cooler for Air-breathing Rocket Engines

James Jason Murray, Christopher Mark Hempsell and Alan Bond
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), Volume 54, pp. 199-209, 2001

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Other Studies

The short studies below explore the potential application of SABRE and SKYLON to areas of popular interest including space tourism, missions to Mars and renewable energy generation via space based solar power.


Considerations for Passenger Transport by Advanced Spaceplanes

J.L. Scott-Scott, M. Harrison and A.D. Woodrow
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS),Volume 56, pp. 118-126, 2003

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Project TROY - A Strategy for a Mission to Mars

Reaction Engines Ltd.
January 2008

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Solar Power Satellites and Spaceplanes: The SKYLON Initiative.

Tony Martin, Richard Varvill, Alan Bond.
September 2008

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Design of an orbital base facility for complex missions

Simon Feast, Alan Bond
IAC 2008 D3.3.1

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