Revolutionary space engine system for Skylon tested

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    Revolutionary space engine system for Skylon tested
    April 2012 Last updated at 06:38 ET
    British engineers have begun a crucial series of tests of an experimental engine technology that its designers believe could revolutionise space travel.

    The Skylon project is a concept for a spaceplane which could fly from runway to orbit in a single stage.

    The key is a unique design for an engine that operates as a jet and rocket motor combined.

    The critical component is a specially-designed cooling system to handle the high temperatures of rapidly-flowing air.

    David Shukman was given exclusive access to the tests at Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire.
    BBC News - Revolutionary space engine system for Skylon tested

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_(spacecraft)

    Now this would make space travel cheaper for future space planes.
     
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