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Reaction Engines gains support of US Air Force Research Laboratory for air-breathing rocket research

20 Jan 2014, 17:11 UTC
Reaction Engines gains support of US Air Force Research Laboratory for air-breathing rocket research
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The UK-based air-breathing rocket developer, Reaction Engines Limited, has announced that it has joined forces with the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop its engine technologies. Under the Cooperation Rasearch and Development Agreement (“CRADA”) signed with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ), the laboratory will be able to assess the performance, applications and development paths for Reaction Engines SABRE air-breathing rocket engine and its radical heat exchanger technology with a view to using it for hypersonic vehicle applications.

Alan Bond, Managing Director of Reaction Engines commented in the official news release: “The signing of this agreement with AFRL builds on an extraordinary period for Reaction Engines Ltd which has seen the successful demonstration of SABRE’s ultra-lightweight high performance heat exchanger technology and a UK Government commitment of £60m ($100m) towards the next phase of development of the SABRE engine.”
AFRL/RQ project manager Barry Hellman stated that “This CRADA opens the door for joint development and testing to help AFRL understand the SABRE engine’s technical details, and whether it may offer unique performance and vehicle integration advantages when compared to traditional hypersonic vehicle concepts. We look forward to exploring the engine and its lightweight heat exchangers which ...

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