Project Skylon: A Giant British Space Plane Concept (Gallery)

Skylon and Space Stations

Adrian Mann

Reaction Engines have devised a series of modules to demonstrate the proposed spaceship Skylon's capabilities. Here, a space station has been assembled using docking, habitation, power, airlock and laboratory modules.

SABRE Engine on Skylon Spaceplane

Reaction Engines Ltd.

The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE, seen in place on a Skylon spaceplane. Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine will use atmospheric air in the early part of the flight before switching to rocket mode for the final ascent to orbit. Image released July 15, 2013.

Precooler Testing for SABRE Engine

Reaction Engines Ltd.

Testing the precooler design for the SABRE engine, undertaken at Reaction Engines' site in Oxfordshire in November 2012 and overseen by ESA. Image released July 15, 2013.

SABRE Engine Cutaway View

Reaction Engines Ltd.

The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE, designed by UK-based Reaction Engines Ltd is a hybrid jet and rocket engine designed for a single-stage-to-orbit space plane. Image released July 15, 2013.

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