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Reaction Engines gets DARPA money, building test facility in Colorado

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posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 02:31 PM
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Sometimes it feels like 'if you mention the devil, he will appear.'. In this case, Reaction Engines, one of the mentions in the post challenger thread, just let the world know they got money from DARPA to test their precooler tech. Which raises a bit of an eyebrow, to be sure. RE is a British company. What's even more interesting, or at least as much so, is they are now building a test facility stateside in Colorado.

This followed USAF interest in the SABRE tech, BTW.

www.parabolicarc.com...




posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 03:04 PM
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lightweight heat exchangers capable of cooling airstreams from over 1800°F to -240°F


this is amazing! so now we can build aircraft that can fly farther and faster due to the new cooling systems?

amazing times we live in!



posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 03:04 PM
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This engine is a true potential game changer as far as known propulsion is concerned. It could become the engine that powers the first jet/shuttle hybrid aircraft.
It will dramatically decrease the cost of putting payloads in orbit, and decrease flight times between different parts of the world.
Im just hoping it stays uk based and we develop the infrastructure to support it here. It would provide a massive economic boost to remote areas of the UK. We are already one of the world's top manufacturers of satellites for commercial use, so offering both the tech to both launch and produce satellites cheaply would be a major coup.



posted on Sep, 25 2017 @ 04:12 PM
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originally posted by: Funem
This engine is a true potential game changer as far as known propulsion is concerned. It could become the engine that powers the first jet/shuttle hybrid aircraft.
It will dramatically decrease the cost of putting payloads in orbit, and decrease flight times between different parts of the world.
Im just hoping it stays uk based and we develop the infrastructure to support it here. It would provide a massive economic boost to remote areas of the UK. We are already one of the world's top manufacturers of satellites for commercial use, so offering both the tech to both launch and produce satellites cheaply would be a major coup.


Imagine the day when a commercial space launch could simply use a regular runway for landing and taking off.



posted on Sep, 27 2017 @ 09:59 PM
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Off-topic, but have people seen this space simulator? The craft and missions get really interesting, all "real" physics....





posted on Sep, 28 2017 @ 06:42 AM
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Thought they were building a new factory in the Uk as well for SABRE?



posted on Sep, 28 2017 @ 06:46 AM
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originally posted by: FlyingFox
Off-topic, but have people seen this space simulator? The craft and missions get really interesting, all "real" physics....



Yes it's excellent although last time I was on it my Kerbal got stuck in orbit on another planet he's still there to this day.



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