The team from UK firm Reaction Engines announced this morning that the SABRE engine technology, which could power a reusable spaceplane known as Skylon capable of entering orbit without additional rockets, had been proven in tests evaluated by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Reaction Engines has been testing the SABRE heat exchanger and anti-frost system using a standard jet turbine engine
The company called the technology, which could also lead to supersonic flights from Europe to Australia in four hours, ‘the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion since the invention of the jet engine’.
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SABRE engine passes milestone tests