The SKYLON Spaceplane - Progress to Realisation

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R. Varvill; A. Bond (2008), JBIS, 61, 412-418

Refcode: 2008.61.412
Keywords: Skylon, heat exchangers, expansion deflection nozzles, composite truss structures

The Skylon spaceplane will enable single stage to orbit delivery of payloads with aircraft like operations. The key to realising this goal is a combined cycle engine that can operate both in airbreathing and pure rocket modes. To achieve this new low mass structure concepts and several new engine technologies need to be proven. An extensive program of technology development has addressed these issues with very positive results. This now allows the project to proceed to the final concept proving stage before full development commences.

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