Skylon Reuseable Spaceplane: The Materials Challenge
Mark Hempsell, Future Programmes Director, Reaction Engines Limited
Venue: BAWA Filton
Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 19:30
Currently every mission to space destroys a rocket costing between $40 million and $200 million which takes around three years to build. The vision of SKYLON is a fully reusable spaceplane that can take off from a runway like an aeroplane, reach orbit with 15 tonnes of cargo, and then return to land back on the runway. This will reduce the cost of reaching space by an order of magnitude. The talk otlines the SKYLON vehicle and highlights the materials technologies developed to achieve this vision by 2020.
The talk will be followed by a discussion and buffet.
Members and non-members are welcome.