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Anonymous28 Apr 2012
They are testing the Engines for Skylon spacecraft for ture one landing and take off space plane, They looking for money hoping BAE buys in to this to keep it British and dont sell ut tech like it ended up in the Ariane.
A2 Mach 5 Civil Transport the looks good,
“…to reduce long-distance flights, e.g. From Brussels to Sydney, to less than 2 to 4 hours. Achieving this goal intrinsically requires a new flight regime for commercial transport with Mach numbers ranging from 4 to 8.”28 Apr 2012
Great this is in discussion again. I remember seeing proposal in 80’s and now it is possible not just feasible. It would be so British to have world leading technology but no UK airport allowed to deploy it due to electoral considerations and SYD to LON 2 hours, UK Border Force clearance 3 hours. UKAPD sky rocketed as another way for the Treasury to pick pockets.28 Apr 2012
Rich it is the same Tech that BAe at the time where playing with the team left to form there own company when BAe had cut backs.
I think if this was to work it be a game changer for Airlines.2 May 2012
I hope so. Given the politics over LHR at present and the politics created over Concorde I would hope that it is put together in a holistic manner so that airlines, countries and airports sign up and do not play political football with it. Once airports allow it in then airlines without it for long haul will have no option. I guess key to all this is the economics.
I find it interesting that they chose the name Skylon which was the symbol of the Festival of Britain.2 May 2012