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    BAE Systems buys into hypersonic travel.

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    papa_umau
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    BAE Systems buys into hypersonic travel.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 02 Nov 2015, 12:10 pm

    Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it.

    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft.

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    The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20 of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines jet and rocket technology.

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    Well folks, it seems that some British companies are able to invest large amounts of money in future events where it cannot be known if the money invested will give a guaranteed return.

    I am actually quite pleased about this, ( being a science fiction and science fact nut ), but I wonder where they are getting this money from in these days of austerity for everybody else ?


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    Re: BAE Systems buys into hypersonic travel.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 05 Nov 2015, 1:22 pm

    "Buy twenty of these engines" you say ?

    What the hell are they going to do with "twenty" of them when even one of the Skylon space/air-craft is not ready to fly yet.

    I know that when the Skylon has been proven to be safe and dependable there will be many millionaires that would want to fly in it, but will they get more of the well-off people, that flew in the Concorde, to fly interorbitally in order to make the project viable in the future ?

    "Pie in the sky" I think. ( excuse the pun Twisted Evil  )
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    Re: BAE Systems buys into hypersonic travel.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 06 Nov 2015, 12:49 pm

    A very salient point Zathrus.

    I think that at the moment the Skylon craft is only planned to be used as a goods carrier, via it's payload bay, and it could eventually be an excellent way to deliver stores - or even personnel, later on - to the international space station.

    It's greatest quality is it's cheapness and fast turnaround interorbital space-plane capability that would cost a tenth of the price of the now-defunct Shuttle.

    I do think that a personnel and crew module could be dropped into the payload bay once it is developed for carrying people.


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