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Revolutionary space engine turns an airplane into a spaceplane

A revolutionary engine that can turn an aircraft into an orbiting spaceplane has won fresh backing from the British Government. The hybrid engine called Skylon (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) — is currently being developed by Reaction Engines, SEN reports. Until now, spacecraft heading for orbit have had to be launched by conventional rockets because of the amount of fuel needed to be get them into space. Skylon, powered by SABRE engines, will change the game because it will draw oxygen for fuel from the atmosphere as it flies, meaning it needs to carry less fuel in its tanks. via KurzweilAI.

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