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SKYLON spacecraft’s engine passes critical test

SKYLON spacecraft’s engine passes critical test

Reaction Engines Ltd. announced on Wednesday the completion of a critical round of testing of its SABRE engine’s precooler system. The SABRE is a radical type of hybrid jet/rocket engine capable of propelling a spacecraft into orbit or an aircraft in the atmosphere, at a velocity of Mach 5 (3,800…

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ORBITEC flight tests new vortex liquid fuel rocket engine

ORBITEC flight tests new vortex liquid fuel rocket engine

Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) successfully flight tested its patented vortex liquid fuel rocket engine on October 25. The engine was installed in a Prospector-class Garvey Spacecraft Corporation launch vehicle, and the resulting rocket was launched at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry facility near Edwards Air Force Base in California. The…

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NASA rover finds Mars’ soil similar to Hawaii’s

NASA rover finds Mars’ soil similar to Hawaii’s

In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity found soil that bears a striking resemblance to weathered, volcanic sand in Hawaii, scientists said on Tuesday. The rover uses an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time…

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NASA heli-capsule could let astronauts land anywhere

NASA heli-capsule could let astronauts land anywhere

Space exploration once captured the world’s imagination. In the 1960s and 1970s, children dreamed of satellites, lunar rovers, and walking on the moon. Today – decades after Sputnik, Neil Armstrong, and the Apollo missions – many children may not even know what a space capsule is. Some of those children…

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