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    Quote Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
    They might expel us from the EU!!!!!!!
    Oh no!
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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    It's exactly what they've done.

    https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/sabre

    SABRE - Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine - is a new class of engine for propelling both high speed aircraft and spacecraft. SABRE engines are unique in delivering the fuel efficiency of a jet engine with the power and high speed ability of a rocket.

    Unlike jet engines, which are only capable of powering a vehicle up to Mach 3, three times the speed of sound, SABRE engines are capable of Mach 5.4 in air-breathing mode, and Mach 25 in rocket mode for space flight. They are simply going to revolutionise the way we travel around the globe, and into orbit. Like jet engines, SABRE can be scaled in size to provide difference levels of thrust for different applications which is crucial to our success - it's going to enable a whole generation of air and space vehicles.
    Still in the concept stage, the only thing they have for testing so far is the pre-cooler and it has only started being tested.
    It may work as predicted but I think getting ready to build airport/ spaceports is more a attempt for revenue generation than necessity.
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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Still in the concept stage, the only thing they have for testing so far is the pre-cooler and it has only started being tested.
    It may work as predicted but I think getting ready to build airport/ spaceports is more a attempt for revenue generation than necessity.
    Well, they're already ground testing the SABRE engine. The spaceports are probably for small payload launches initially. From what I can gather the Scottish site is ideal for launching small satellites into polar orbits. I guess they have to start somewhere and the government has finally woken up to the fact space can be big business. For decades space research was ignored (Thatcher) but the UK has always been a world leader in aerospace. After Thatcher destroyed everything successive governments have realised that actually encouraging aerospace industries can generate industrial growth. I mean, it's not exactly rocket science. OK, maybe.



    Not to forget the UK's most famous astronaut.
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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops. I'm in a balanced wait-and-see mode. Except for the fact that the artist impression of a spaceport is just too pretty to be real.

    Launching North from Scotland would be fine for polar orbits....
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    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops. I'm in a balanced wait-and-see mode. Except for the fact that the artist impression of a spaceport is just too pretty to be real.

    Launching North from Scotland would be fine for polar orbits....
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    A better rendition of the proposed coastal spaceport (note Skylon and Virgin Galactic White Knight models in background).



    Proposed Sutherland site in the north of Scotland (Jimmy).



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    Dan Dare was unavailable for comment at time of posting. But Mekon said that haggis didn't agree with him. Haggis don't agree with anybody, they're mostly from Glasgow.

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