posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 05:20 PM
Originally posted by babybunnies
Why is the Government investing in this sort of thing during times of massive cutbacks and austerity budgets?
Even the USA has realized that NASA needs to have cutbacks to their space program during times of cutbacks.
Probably because its an opportunity for the UK to get the same lead in a game changing aerospace propulsion system as we could have had with jet
engines if somebody had funded Frank Whittle when he first came up with the idea.
There lots of money and engineering jobs potentially in this.
Its not just a space program technology. The engine also has potentials in hypersonic transport (military or civil).
They should be applauded for doing this now, its just unfortunate that nobody funded it in the early 80s when it was first granted a classified
patent. Its a case of better late than never. Goodness knows, i'm no fan of the smug muppet Osborne but he has called this one right.