Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thoughts on shuttle technology

Here's an interesting engine and spaceplane concept - the Skylon project from Britain. There are also some nice flight concept CGI clips floating around youtube.  The basic idea is to build velocity with an airbreathing engine before climbing to orbit with rockets; the engine itself is multi-mode.

While I am not particularly saying that this is "the" way shuttles will work in my future, it is interesting to see that research into viable reusable orbital technology is not dead.

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