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Old 10-29-2009, 05:41 PM   #61
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http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_oct09.html
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:47 PM   #62
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I think this is new, can't remember reading it before.

"Solar Power Satellites and Spaceplanes
The SKYLON Initiative"


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Reading through this, and wondering why the mechanical/electrical rotary joints are not co-axial(fig. 5)?

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:35 AM   #63
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November news:
http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_nov09.html

Looks like they are expanding, be too much to expect that they might succeed.

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Just reading the Spaceflight page, and noticed this:
http://excaliburalmaz.com/SP1/index.php

Hadn't heard of them.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:55 AM   #64
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I would be betting that Ares has a better chance rather than Skylon...
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:07 AM   #65
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You may well be right, there's not much interest in spaceflight in the UK. Hope they make it, Alan Bond has been at it as long as I can remember

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Edit: From the excalibur-almaz press release:
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About Excalibur Almaz
EA has ownership of several Almaz spacecraft, including reusable reentry vehicles (RRVs) and space stations
space stations?

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Old 01-07-2010, 10:26 AM   #66
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December 2009 news:

http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_dec09.html

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Old 02-03-2010, 09:13 AM   #67
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January 2010 news:

http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_jan10.html

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:32 PM   #68
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Bit of an update, and a photo!
http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_jan10.html

Wasn't a George Abbey(Snr.)? involved with NASA?

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Old 03-06-2010, 10:37 AM   #69
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Febuary 2010 news.

http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_feb10.html

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:00 AM   #70
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 Febuary 2010 news.
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Work has started on the payload provision based on the interfaces proposed in Revision 1 of the SKYLON Users’ Manual. The public consultation produced no suggestions for any changes whatsoever
Means one of two things:
1. They did such good work that no changes were necessary; or
2. No-one wants to use their launch vehicle anyway
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:28 AM   #71
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 Means one of two things:
1. They did such good work that no changes were necessary; or
2. No-one wants to use their launch vehicle anyway
The latter seems more likely
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:40 AM   #72
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 The latter seems more likely
It wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:12 AM   #73
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Could well be, I think they'll have more interest when the Sabre engine is actually producing results.
Hope they keep going, this company seems to have gone quiet:
http://www.bristolspaceplanes.com/

Thats about it in the UK for launchers.

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:25 AM   #74
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IMO for Skylon team to succeed they should get their SABRE engine prototype built and tested as fast as possible. If they manage that then there is actually a chance they might succeed since the engine is most critical component. That engine could also be used in high speed aircraft. Air Force might be interested in SABRE engine without the rocket part for long range high speed bomber. Selling an engine would generate the necessary cash to continue development on Skylon.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #75
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I don't know about military applications for the Sabre engine, but I agree its crucial for the success of RE. If they can't get that working, then they are just another ideas and cgi company.

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