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To build the world’s most powerful cooling systems, we’ve invested in some of the world’s most advanced manufacturing technology. With precision machining, metal fabrication and welding, and vacuum furnace facilities available in-house, we’re manufacturing a suite of state-of-the-art technologies.

Design & Development

We've got the people and facilities in place to manage, design and develop the components and systems for the SABRE demonstrator engine. Our in-house teams are expert in a number of fields, including systems engineering, performance and aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, trajectory analysis and design engineering. We're developing a huge range of hardware, and have teams dedicated to heat exchangers, turbomachinery, ramjets and rocket systems. We're also collaborating with industry across the globe to meet the requirements of the SABRE ground demonstrator programme.

Advanced Manufacturing

Our world-beating manufacturing capabilities are already proving their worth. Our Culham facilities include one of the world's cleanest and most powerful vacuum furnaces. We're using our know-how and equipment to build a suite of new and existing technologies for SABRE.

Precision Machining

Brite Precision offers precision engineering services using state of the art equipment, including CNC 5-axis machining, turning and wire/spark erosion. As well as providing hardware into Reaction Engines' SABRE development programme, Brite Precision take on work from science and technology companies across the UK.

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Welding, Sheet Metalwork & Fabrication

Our subsidiary, Crossman Engineering Ltd, performs high quality metal work to meet a variety of development needs, both for Reaction Engines and external customers.

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Heat Exchanger Testing

Our Culham facilities include an engine test site for the demonstration and validation of high pressure cryogenic heat exchangers. The test site includes facilities for the provision of liquid nitrogen and high pressure helium, and is based around a butane-converted Rolls-Royce Viper turbojet on a static test rig. The engine is required to run on butane in order to cope with the low temperature inlet air. The Viper rig includes water-based noise suppression, and draws air through the pre-cooler as it undergoes testing and validation.

Rocket Testing

Reaction Engines' rocket test facilities are maintained and operated by Airborne Engineering Ltd at Westcott Venture Park, Buckinghamshire. Airborne Engineering Limited was established in 2001, and maintain capabilities including development, manufacture and assembly of control instrumentation, liquid propellant handling equipment, rocket engine test cells, and data acquisition and handling systems.

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