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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

Michael Hatamoto | Aug 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm CDT (0 mins, 47 secs reading time)

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.

Sylon SABRE engine could help fuel U.S. military engine development | TweakTown.com

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 Space.com.

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

NEWS SOURCES:space.com, drozbot.com
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