This week, the UK Government pledged PS60million to help fund a new air-breathing rocket engine technology that could transform air travel and open up the potential for space flight becoming as easy as boarding a plane.
The aim of creating a spaceplane, or Single Stage To Orbit vehicle (SSTO), has been made more feasible by the successful test of the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine from Reaction Engines.
SABRE stands for Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine
, designed by British firm Reaction Engines.
The design [ETH] known as an air-breathing rocket engine
and named Sabre [ETH] could power a new generation of Mach 5 passenger jets, called the Lapcat, dramatically cutting flying times.
Tim Hayter, CEO, said: "This means that we can build a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine
Initial design of a new prototype air-breathing rocket engine
for NASA -- one that could revolutionize air and space travel in the next 40 years -- reached a major milestone ahead of schedule last week.
Subsequently he worked at the Atomic Energy Authority on the JET and RFX nuclear research projects, and as a consultant engineer to BAe Systems during the HOTOL space launcher project, having invented its RB545 air-breathing rocket engines