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British Sabre

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:08:37 -0300
Archived: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:26:28 -0400
Subject: British Sabre

I've contributed this because it might give rise to some UFO
reports in the United Kingdom. Since the general public knows
little or nothing about aerospace research, this could rightly
give rise to UFO reports. But it should also be understood that
this should not be a scapegoat for the sceptical who would claim
a launch or mission by the Sabre to explain away some unknown
hovering over a witnesse's house or some phenomenon near an

Other than that it is 'new' technology that might give rise to a
decent ascent stage for LEO space injection.


British Government Funds Advanced Aircraft Engine Research

SABRE Hybrid Engine Project Mentioned In Spending Review
New life was breathed into an advanced hybrid jet engine
project under development in the U.K. in the Chancellor of
the Exchequer's spending review delivered to the British
Parliament last week.

Chancellor George Osborne specifically mentioned the SABRE
program in his speech, who pledged to fund such high-technology
and, in his words, "high-priority" projects, though he did not
give any details.

SABRE stand for Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. SEN TV
reports that it is under development by a company called
Reaction Engines based at Abingdon near Oxford in the U.K. In a
news release from 2010, the company called the technology "game
changing." According to the release, the SABRE engine is capable
of operating as a jet engine and a rocket engine, powering
aircraft at up to five times the speed of sound within the
atmosphere or directly into Earth orbit at twenty-five times the
speed of sound. Its ground-breaking technology - an air pre-
cooler - is designed to cool continuously the incoming airstream
from over 1,000=B0C to minus 150C in less than 1/100th of a second
(six times faster than the blink of an eye), effectively
doubling the current technical limits of jet engine speeds.

The engine is being developed for a vehicle dubbed Skylon,
described as an unpiloted, reusable single stage to orbit (SSTO)
space plane "that will provide reliable access to space and be
capable of delivering payloads of up to 16 tons into Low Earth
Orbit (LEO, approximately 186 miles in altitude) at about 1/50th
of the cost of traditional expendable launch vehicles, such as
rockets. SKYLON=E2=80=99s SABRE engines use liquid hydrogen combined
with oxygen from the air at altitudes up to 16 miles and speeds
of up to Mach 5 before switching over to on-board liquid oxygen
for the final stage of ascent."

SEN TV says that the company eventually plans to create a
version of Skylon that could transport astronauts to the
International Space Station. They also envision an airliner,
LAPCAT, that could fly from Europe to Australia in just over
four hours.

FMI: www.reactionengines.co.uk


Don Ledger

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