From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:08:37 -0300 Archived: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:26:28 -0400 Subject: British Sabre I've contributed this because it might give rise to some UFO reports in the United Kingdom. Since the general public knows little or nothing about aerospace research, this could rightly give rise to UFO reports. But it should also be understood that this should not be a scapegoat for the sceptical who would claim a launch or mission by the Sabre to explain away some unknown hovering over a witnesse's house or some phenomenon near an airliner. Other than that it is 'new' technology that might give rise to a decent ascent stage for LEO space injection. ----- British Government Funds Advanced Aircraft Engine Research SABRE Hybrid Engine Project Mentioned In Spending Review New life was breathed into an advanced hybrid jet engine project under development in the U.K. in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's spending review delivered to the British Parliament last week. Chancellor George Osborne specifically mentioned the SABRE program in his speech, who pledged to fund such high-technology and, in his words, "high-priority" projects, though he did not give any details. SABRE stand for Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. SEN TV reports that it is under development by a company called Reaction Engines based at Abingdon near Oxford in the U.K. In a news release from 2010, the company called the technology "game changing." According to the release, the SABRE engine is capable of operating as a jet engine and a rocket engine, powering aircraft at up to five times the speed of sound within the atmosphere or directly into Earth orbit at twenty-five times the speed of sound. Its ground-breaking technology - an air pre- cooler - is designed to cool continuously the incoming airstream from over 1,000=B0C to minus 150C in less than 1/100th of a second (six times faster than the blink of an eye), effectively doubling the current technical limits of jet engine speeds. The engine is being developed for a vehicle dubbed Skylon, described as an unpiloted, reusable single stage to orbit (SSTO) space plane "that will provide reliable access to space and be capable of delivering payloads of up to 16 tons into Low Earth Orbit (LEO, approximately 186 miles in altitude) at about 1/50th of the cost of traditional expendable launch vehicles, such as rockets. SKYLON=E2=80=99s SABRE engines use liquid hydrogen combined with oxygen from the air at altitudes up to 16 miles and speeds of up to Mach 5 before switching over to on-board liquid oxygen for the final stage of ascent." SEN TV says that the company eventually plans to create a version of Skylon that could transport astronauts to the International Space Station. They also envision an airliner, LAPCAT, that could fly from Europe to Australia in just over four hours. FMI: www.reactionengines.co.uk ----- Don Ledger Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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