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Reaction Engines Targets Skylon Space Plane test flights for 2019 and Cargo Flights to Space by 2022

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Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2013 11:44 PM by AlexMuller

The space plane will be able to reach speeds of more than 19,000 miles an hour – which would cut the journey time from London to Australia to just four hours.

 

Reaction Engines hopes to run cargo flights to space stations by 2022 and says the craft – which will take off and land from conventional runways – could later be adapted to take tourists towards the stars.

 

SKYLON will provide aircraft-like access to space to enable:
Operation from runway to orbit and back
Order of magnitude reduction in cost vs. existing technology
400 x improved reliability
Responsive access to space

 

ngine tests will continue for three years, with the first test flights scheduled for 2019. He said: “Initially Skylon will be a cargo vehicle, but within a few years it could be carrying people.”

 

About £10m has been spent designing the craft and £100m more will be spent in the next five years. Each of the 270ft Skylons would cost £700m.



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