Reaction Engines Full Validates SABRE Engine Precooler in Hypersonic Heat Conditions

Sabre engine precooler test. (Credit: Reaction Engines)

ABINGDON, England (Reaction Engines PR) — Reaction Engines has successfully tested its innovative precooler at airflow temperature conditions representing Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, marking a significant milestone in the development of its SABRE™ engine and paving the way for a revolution in hypersonic flight and space access.

The precooler heat exchanger is a vital component of Reaction Engines’ revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine and is an enabling technology for other precooled propulsion systems and a range of commercial applications.

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

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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.

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More Tests Planned on Technology to Power Skylon Spaceplane

UK-based Reaction Engines will conduct additional tests on an advanced rocket nozzle design for use in its Skylon spaceplane, FlightGlobal.com reports.

The company is testing an expansion-deflection (ED) nozzle, which is designed to compensate for changing atmospheric pressure at different altitudes to deliver superior engine performance.

Reaction Engines plans to use ED nozzles in its Sabre engine, which will power its horizontal take-off, horizontal landing Skylon orbital spaceplane.