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To demonstrate the application of SABRE engines to space access, REL has designed SKYLON, the first vehicle designed to be powered by SABRE engines

To demonstrate the application of SABRE engines to space access, REL has designed SKYLON, the first vehicle designed to be powered by SABRE engines | VIM | Scoop.it

SKYLON is an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane intended to provide reliable, responsive and cost effective access to space.

Currently in early development phase, the vehicle will be capable of transporting 15 tonnes of cargo into space. It is the use of SABRE's combined air-breathing and rocket cycles that enables a vehicle that can take off from a runway, fly direct to earth orbit and return for a runway landing, just like an aircraft.

SKYLON will provide aircraft-like access to space to enable:

Operation from runway to orbit and backOrder of magnitude reduction in cost vs. existing technology400 x improved reliabilityResponsive access to space
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A Brief History of Reaction Engines Limited

Reaction Engines Ltd ('REL') was founded in 1989 by Alan Bond and the principal two engineers from Rolls Royce behind the RB545 engine programme, John Scott-Scott and Richard Varvill.

Alan Bond had begun work on rocket engines in 1982 with a view to overcoming the inadequate characteristics of existing rocket-based expendable launch vehicles. Within this work Alan realised that the use of heat exchangers within rocket engine cycles can greatly increase their efficiency by allowing them to use atmospheric air to burn in the combustion chambers when flying in the atmosphere like a jet (rather than using heavy liquid oxygen stored in on-board tanks) and extracting heat where it causes a problem whilst using that heat to power the turbo machinery in the engine.

These new Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines (SABRE) would be suitable for powering modified aircraft directly into Earth orbit and it was subsequently found that in a reconfigured form they would be able to propel aircraft at cruise speeds of up to five times the speed of sound. The key enabling technology that needed to be developed to make these new engines viable was lightweight heat exchangers.

Inspired by the miniaturisation of the silicon chip, and understanding that heat exchangers were far from reaching their physical limit in terms of miniaturisation, developing high power lightweight heat exchangers and understanding the design of the new engines and vehicles that they enable became the focus of Alan Bond and subsequently REL.

From 1989-2000, REL focused on producing a robust technical design for the new SABRE engine and the SKYLON launch vehicle that it could be used to power. This work was supported by a programme of laboratory work to underpin the innovative designs including in the areas of aerothermodynamics, propulsion, structures and control technology.

Subsequently, the company began to attract increasing levels of private investment as well as government support and activities were expanded to undertake an intensive programme of research to demonstrate the full scale light-weight heat exchanger technology as well as the manufacturing techniques needed for commercial lightweight heat exchanger production.

In order to provide independent validation of the technological progress being made and to support continued private investment, experts from the European Space Agency, at the request of the UK government, were assigned to review and report on work undertaken.

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Vogo, une application inédite, qui ambitionne de révolutionner l’expérience du spectateur dans une enceinte sportive

Vogo, une application inédite, qui ambitionne de révolutionner l’expérience du spectateur dans une enceinte sportive | VIM | Scoop.it

C'est une innovation qui pourrait bien changer les habitudes de tous les spectateurs. Imaginée par Christophe Carniel* et Pierre Keiflin, complices depuis vingt ans, Vogo devrait révolutionner notre façon d’assister à une manifestation sportive. Dans les gradins, si le public peut avoir accès aux grands écrans, il va désormais pouvoir revoir l’action de son choix depuis son smartphone ou sa tablette grâce à l’application Vogo. Au ralenti ou à vitesse normale, la séquence en vidéo pourra être visualisée autant de fois que désirée. Surfant sur la tendance hyper-connectée des spectateurs qui n’hésitent pas, aujourd’hui, à utiliser leurs terminaux mobiles durant les matchs, Vogo parie sur un procédé accessible sans limites.


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Recycled Snap-Together Tiles Make for a Safer Bike Lane

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Tiny Space Lander Camper Explores Vast Serenity of Earth | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

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La NASA publicó la autofoto más espectacular de 2013

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Con la Tierra de fondo y en medio de una caminata espacial, el astronauta Mike Hopkins realizó la distintiva pose fuera de la Estación Espacial Internacional
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El inagotable catálogo de métodos de espionaje informático de la NSA

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Hace meses que venimos hablando del escándalo en el que se ha visto envuelta la NSA --para ellos, por cierto, todo esto no es nada de eso-
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Browser Wars: the best 10 Android browsers go toe-to-toe, part 1

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benchmarking overall browser performance is a tricky affair. There's always the fear that one or all (in which case its fine) of the browsers you may want to test are going to game the benchmark one way or another....
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We Got a Lot of Wind

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n Nebraska they are shooting windmills. Picture this…a bright red Ford f-350, 10mpg, cruising at a brisk 60 miles per hour. A long, very long, straight highway stretching to the horizon. A stiff breeze at 20 knots out of the southwest. Something unusual in the distance – a hill, a mere 4 foot high rise in the road, and up over it comes the truck barreling down the asphalt with two homegrown locals, pigeon-eyed in the front seat. The passenger side window slowly rolls down, the long barrel of a .308 caliber deer rifle pokes out into the air, the gas pedal is pushed to the floor.

On the horizon looms the lightly silhouetted shape of an enormous 410 foot tall, white gentle giant, easily turning in the current of wind.

In the guzzling truck the passenger caulks his rifle, reaches down between his legs to grab another sip of Bud Light then centers the beast in his sight. Now closing in at 85 miles per hour the driver positions the truck adjacent to the twirlingly tall pest. The giant picks up speed, twirling ever faster as the breeze picks up.

Then, when the time is finally right…..

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La Unión Europea dará el visto bueno a la compra de Nokia por Microsoft

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Android KitKat 4.4: Top 10 features that makes it different from other

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Android Kitkat 4.4 is released on 28 October with top 10 exciting features,deeper integration, Google's intelligent, fantastic graphics and latest Google Now are some of them.
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Home & Office : Capt. Jules' Everlasting Steampunk Flask

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No drinking and flying the airship. A Steampunk-style flask adds that last little something to your costume. $29.99
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The Evolution of the Big Idea [SLIDESHARE]

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I would argue that we may never see another Marlboro Man or even a Just Do It.
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Religious People Are Less Intelligent Than Non-Believers

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las personas no religiosas son mas inteligentes
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Couples (Color) Therapy: Double Bathtub, Dual Relaxation

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Cómo hacer capturas de pantalla en el Nexus 7 | Android

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Pasos para realizar capturas de pantalla en el tablet de Google Nexus 7.
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Green + Grain: Reclaimed Wood Table Has Lively Centerpiece

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Puffin Web Browser Free for Android

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Puffin Web Browser Free - Android - Puffin Web Browser is minimalistic browser for those who just want to surf the web:Lots of users don t need bookmarks...
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12 Best Vehicles For Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse

12 Best Vehicles For Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse | VIM | Scoop.it
vehicles for surviving the zombie apocalypse below. 1. Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops Let’s start things off with a practical choice. Chevy makes a solid option
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If you are going to purchase a vehicle that you can use to bug out, one of these beauties below might be the ticket. The good folks at the HiConsumption site pulled this great list together.

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Motorola Project Ara será realidad gracias a la impresión 3D

Motorola Project Ara será realidad gracias a la impresión 3D | VIM | Scoop.it
El smartphone modular de Motorola, hasta ahora llamado Project Ara, logrará ser realidad gracias a la impresión 3D y la empresa 3D Systems.
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Cuatro características de Android 4.4 KitKat que me encantaría ver en iOS

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Guest Picks: Time to Get Your 'Doctor Who' Tardis Blue On (20 photos)

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Hello, sweetie! Join me in celebrating Doctor Whos 50th anniversary with a few or all! of these subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the Tardis, the doctor and everything Whovian. Allons-y! Ana from Rearranged Design...
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Low-Cost House: Hybrid Home of Cheap Cargo Containers

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A low budget and a rat infestation were just a few of the many stumbling blocks standing in the way of creating this low-cost home for a low-income family in South Korea, all eventually overcome with some creative out-of-the-box thinking and clever...
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