Reaction Engines: “Majority” of Experts at Review Found Skylon to be “Viable Concept”


On 20th and 21st September, the UK Space Agency held a System Requirements Review on the commercial and technical capabilities of SKYLON at the International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell, England. Approximately ninety invited experts attended the event venturing from various European and global nations including the USA, Russia, India, Japan and South Korea. In the months leading up to the Review, three engineers from the European Space Agency (ESA) were seconded to REL in order to investigate our technology, methods and analysis. ESA will provide the UK Space Agency with an official report on the Workshop within in the next month.

UKSA Reviews Skylon and SABRE


On September 20-21st, the UK Space Agency hosted a meeting at the International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell, England to look at the feasibility of a proposal by the privately-held Reaction Engines Ltd. for the design of a single-stage to orbit launch vehicle (Skylon) and its novel propulsion concept (SABRE). The meeting brought together nearly a hundred invited experts from the UK, Europe, Russia, the US, South Korea and Japan to examine the technical and economic prospects for the technology.


Reaction Engines Acquires Two Manufacturing Companies



Reaction Engines Ltd has recently acquired two new manufacturing companies in the local area:

  • Crossman Engineering Ltd, specialising in fabrication
  • Brite Precision, (specialising) in precision machining.

The acquisition of both companies has significantly extended Reaction Engines Ltd’s production capabilities, which is essential to our future programme for SKYLON.

Reaction Engines Celebrates 20 Years, Looks Forward to Success with Skylon



On 15th August 2009, this Oxfordshire aerospace company celebrated its 20th anniversary. Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) has been developing the SKYLON spaceplane, a progression from the HOTOL project, over the past 2 decades and believes that a single stage to orbit (SSTO) reusable launch vehicle (RLV) is the future of global Space travel.

The secret to SKYLON’s success is its innovative SABRE engine which possesses the dual capability to be in air-breathing mode up to 30km and Mach 5 before switching to rocket mode.


Reaction Engines Completes Studies on Orbital Transfer Vehicle



REL has now completed studies into a large rocket stage called Fluyt. The orbital transfer vehicle is named after a class of large cargo ships which contributed to Dutch success in building a large trading empire in the 16th Century. Fluyt is a reusable stage which would be based at a spaceport in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and would carry large payloads of between 10 and 15 tonnes to GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), lunar orbit or even to planets. It has the capability to be staged together in order to further increase its payload.

The study was conducted to prove that the new SKYLON D1 configuration could support operations leading to lunar bases, manned Mars missions and very large systems in GEO.