Looks like a great technology advance for ESA. Interesting reading

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_52918042_sabre464The UK company developing an engine for a new type of spaceplane says it has successfully demonstrated the power unit’s enabling technology.

Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) of Culham, Oxfordshire, ran a series of tests on key elements of its Sabre propulsion system under the independent eye of the European Space Agency (Esa).

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REL claims the major technical obstacle to its ideas has now been removed.

“This is a big moment; it really is quite a big step forward in propulsion,” said Alan Bond, the driving force behind the Sabre engine concept.

The company must now raise the £250m needed to complete the next phase of development.

This would essentially take the project to the final designs that could be handed to a manufacturer.

Although the British government has put significant sums into REL’s technology in the past, the company’s…

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