Air Force Research Lab to Evaluate Reaction Engines’ SABRE Engine

Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines)
Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines)

LONDON (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines Ltd is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (‘CRADA’) with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ).

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Tethers Unlimited to Develop 3D Printed Spacecraft With Embedded Radiation Shielding

Tethers_Unlimited_LogoBothell, WA, 19 September 2013 (TUI PR) — Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) has signed a contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop technologies to enable 3D printing of spacecraft structures with embedded radiation shielding. Under this Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract, TUI will develop its patent pending processes for creating structural elements containing an internal layered composition of polymers and metals that is exceptionally efficient at absorbing space radiation. This “Versatile Structural Radiation Shielding” (VSRS) technology takes advantage of the flexibility of 3D printing to enable rapid and affordable fabrication of customized parts that minimize the mass required to shield spacecraft electronics.

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Generation Orbit Enters Cooperative R&D Agreement with AFRL

GO Launcher. (Credit: Generation Orbit)
GO Launcher. (Credit: Generation Orbit)

ATLANTA, GA, 22 July, 2013 (GO PR) — In collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate, Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) announced today the initiation of a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

Under the agreement, the two parties will advance the technical maturity of a set of air launch rocket systems, designed to provide dedicated space transportation services to small payloads. The launch services will enable flexible, reliable, and affordable access to space for military, commercial, and academic customers.

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U.S. Air Force Develops Hypersonic Technology Road Map

X-51A hypersonic vehicle

The U.S. Air Force has developed a decadal technological road map for hypersonic vehicles that will help to focus the disparate development programs being pursued by America’s defense organizations.

However, anyone hoping this research will quickly find its way into civilian transports capable of whisking passengers from New York to Sydney in two hours is going to be disappointed. That’s likely to take a long time.

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ORBITEC’s Rocket Engine Soars Above the Mojave Desert

MADISON, Wisconsin (ORBITEC PR) — Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) has successfully flight-tested its new rocket engine and technologies in Mojave, CA. ORBITEC integrated its Vortex Liquid Rocket Engine into a launch vehicle airframe designed and built by Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC) of Long Beach, California and California State University at Long Beach.

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