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Old 04-29-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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Good article.

BBC News - Skylon: A British dream of space

"Skylon reminds me of the optimistic days of my childhood when 60s Britain, still humming with aeronautical self-belief, built its own rockets and supersonic warplanes.
Concorde was in the air and it was every schoolboy's conviction that the next inevitable step would see Union Jacks flying in space.
The concept looks pleasingly retro: streamlined, black, Dan Dare sleek. Stubby wings carry two curiously curved engines."

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BBC News - Key tests for Skylon spaceplane project

"UK engineers have begun critical tests on a new engine technology designed to lift a spaceplane into orbit.
The proposed Skylon vehicle would operate like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway.
Its major innovation is the Sabre engine, which can breathe air like a jet at lower speeds but switch to a rocket mode in the high atmosphere."
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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The people of Earth can only hope they, or someone else, will succeed. We need an escape plan. The sooner the better.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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This would be more useful for long-distance travel on Earth (JFK to Narita in 4 hours, anyone?) than getting away from Earth.
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