We have also made strategic investments in a range of evolving technologies in the aerospace sector including the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine
with Reaction Engines Ltd and mixed reality cockpit technology in partnership with The University of Birmingham as well as unique flight control technology with The University of Manchester.
They've developed the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine
, or SABRE.
This privately held company was established in 1989 to develop an advanced combined-cycle air-breathing rocket engine
class called Sabre that would enable aircraft to operate at Mach 5 or fly directly into earth orbit.
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.
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
have demonstrated all the operating phases of an air-breathing rocket engine
The precooler heat exchanger is a key component of the companys revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine
and has the potential to enable other precooled propulsion systems.
SABRE stands for Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine
, designed by British firm Reaction Engines.
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