Skylon

#41
technically skylon could be suborbital like a manned icbm bringing the smack down to anyone to the Planet in four hours and back for tea and medals :)
That would make the Crabs almost insufferable though.
 
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cloudbuster

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#42
technically skylon could be suborbital like a manned icbm bringing the smack down to anyone to the Planet in four hours and back for tea and medals :)
That would make the Crabs almost insufferable though.
But you're forgetting the enormous bunfight that'll ensue over who controls it, who gets the budget, as well as the Service Dress Committees that'll have to meet to decide the colour of the stripe down the outside of the mess-dress trousers.
 
#43
But you're forgetting the enormous bunfight that'll ensue over who controls it, who gets the budget, as well as the Service Dress Committees that'll have to meet to decide the colour of the stripe down the outside of the mess-dress trousers.
Sandlander: Christmas past

All been already done dan dare rather fetching shade of green:)
 
#47
There is a seperate Outer Space Act 1986 to regulate British industry and outer space.
IIRC that's the piece of legislation that makes an alien invasion illegal under UK law (and requires the relevant local authority to report any such alien invasion to the Home Office asap).
Bureaucrats - the one area where Britain still shows the way.
 
#48
Yeah. Jammed into a plastic tube for 12 hours eating shite food and watching a bollocks movie over headphones that crackle then having some fat bint with hormone issues telling you that you cannot have another plastic little bottle of wine on your shitty fold down laptop 'table' then somebodies ******* sprog pukes on the back of your seat and starts to howl and the fat **** next to you quietly voids his bowels.

Hell in space vs Hell at 50,000ft? Hmmm. Tough one.
Well if you will travel cattle class, what do you expect?
 
#51
Interesting SABRE engine. If anyone is wondering how it works in principle, it is similar to engine intercoolers on some car engines.

Cool down the air intakes at the compressor so you can achieve higher densities for a given pressure rise. Having a cryogenic fuel makes this naturally easy to accomplish.
 
#52
#53
Yeah. Jammed into a plastic tube for 12 hours eating shite food and watching a bollocks movie over headphones that crackle then having some fat bint with hormone issues telling you that you cannot have another plastic little bottle of wine on your shitty fold down laptop 'table' then somebodies ******* sprog pukes on the back of your seat and starts to howl and the fat **** next to you quietly voids his bowels.

Hell in space vs Hell at 50,000ft? Hmmm. Tough one.
You just can't see the fun in anything. Miserable old goat n
 

mercurydancer

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Book Reviewer
#54
Wasn't it 'Songs of a distant earth'?
Definitely 3001. Frank Poole was brought back from his little tiff with HAL. Was on a cable-linked station in earth orbit.
 

mercurydancer

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Book Reviewer
#56
This could be so important, and could put UK in the vanguard of suborbital and orbital travel. I hope that the Government do not waste this opportunity, as they have done so so many times in the past.
 
#58
This could be so important, and could put UK in the vanguard of suborbital and orbital travel. I hope that the Government do not waste this opportunity, as they have done so so many times in the past.
To be fair UK government funding was committed ages ago in 2013 and it took until 2016 to start to release that funding via different means:
The £60m UK government investment in the "revolutionary" Sabre rocket engine concept has finally started to flow.
The company behind the power unit said at the Farnborough International Air Show that this would now enable it to push ahead with a new demonstrator.

The UK government's £60m commitment to the Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (Sabre) was announced back in July 2013 at the UK Space Conference. Getting the funding released has taken far longer than anyone thought.
Funding flows for UK rocket engine

This now has industry support, but I hope that the rights to the technology are kept firmly in the UK and not given away like so much of our other aerospace achievements.
 
#59
To be fair UK government funding was committed ages ago in 2013 and it took until 2016 to start to release that funding via different means:

Funding flows for UK rocket engine

This now has industry support, but I hope that the rights to the technology are kept firmly in the UK and not given away like so much of our other aerospace achievements.
From what I remember of earlier posts, Reaction Engines had a test facility in the US...

Edited to add:-
Test Facility 2 - Colorado, USA :: Reaction Engines
 

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