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Sylon SABRE engine could help fuel U.S. military engine development

The US military is interested to see how the SABRE engine could be used for hypersonic military aircraft
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 21, 2014 3:30 am

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is interested in learning more about British space plane engine technology that could be used for future U.S. military hypersonic aircraft. The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) is being developed by England-based Reaction Engines for the Skylon space plane.




The engine was supported by $100 million in funding from the British government and European Space Agency (ESA), with private financing matching the same figure - and millions more are expected to be invested into the program. Reaction Engines has had the next-generation engine in development for more than two decades, ensuring SABRE features both rocket and air-breathing modes.


"AFRL is formulating plans to look at advanced vehicle concepts based on Reaction Engine's heat-exchanger technology and SABRE engine concept," said AFRL officials, in a statement recently sent to


European companies are expected to supply rocket engine components, with two SABRE engines scheduled for testing in the first-half of 2019.


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