Monday, November 9, 2015

If development is successful, the SABRE could revolutionize the future of
travel.
(Photo: BAE Systems)You know what"s better than a fast jet?A faster
jet.And thanks to some engineers in England, we could soon be zipping around
the world in a plane that makes the Concorde look like a horse and buggy.In an
interview with CNN, Mark Thomas, Managing Director for Reaction Engines,
explained that hypersonic travel could come to passenger carrying vehicles in
the next two decades.In aerodynamics, hypersonic usually refers to speeds five
times above the speed of sound, or Mach 5.
This means that it would take just
one hour to fly from New York to London.Reaction Engines is a UK-based
engineering firm that has developed what they call the Synergetic
Air-Breathing Rocket Engine or SABRE.
This revolutionary piece of engineering
is an air-breathing engine that uses ultra-lightweight heat exchangers to cool
very hot air streams that are typically encountered at hypersonic
speeds.Related:"Concorde Comeback? Two New Jets Plan to Take Air Passengers
Supersonic AgainThe SABRE (Photo: © 2015 BAE Systems.
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According to Thomas, the SABRE is essentially a rocket engine that
breathes air when in the atmosphere.
"You don"t need to carry so much liquid
oxygen on board your vehicle," he explained to CNN.
"It massively reduces the
weight, and you can put that into vehicle design capability or payload."The
technology has been in the works for 20 years, but on Nov.
4, British
aerospace company, BAE systems, announced their plans to invest £20.6
million ($31.8 million) in a 20% stake of Reaction Engines.Related:"NYC to
London in 30 Minutes! Plane of the Future Is ComingIn their announcement, BAE
expressed their support of the technology, calling it "a new aerospace engine
class that combines both jet and rocket technologies with the potential to
revolutionize hypersonic flight and the economics of space."Beyond potential
commercial use, the SABRE engine could also make space flight cheaper and more
accessible.
If all goes as planned, the technology could potentially create a
new breed of reusable space vehicle that takes off and lands like an
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development is successful, the SABRE could revolutionize the future of
travel.
In an interview with CNN, Mark Thomas, Managing Director for Reaction
Engines, explained that hypersonic travel could come to passenger carrying
vehicles in the next two decades.
This means that it would take just one hour
to fly from New York to London.
Reaction Engines is a UK-based engineering
firm that has developed what they call the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket
Engine or SABRE..If development is successful, the SABRE could revolutionize
the future of travel.
In an interview with CNN, Mark Thomas, Managing Director
for Reaction Engines, explained that hypersonic travel could come to passenger
carrying vehicles in the next two decades.
This means that it would take just
one hour to fly from New York to London.
Reaction Engines is a UK-based
engineering firm that has developed what they call the Synergetic
Air-Breathing Rocket Engine or SABRE.

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