With the recent announcements about Cornwall Newquay airport becoming the new UK "horizontal spaceport", ostensibly to lure LauncherOne, might we see some facilities work at Newquay to support actual spaceplanes?But, fitting in a 5 mile long runway would be a bit troublesome, looking at the map (with the main runway being about 10K ft?)
Well, Farnborough was a bust for me where REL was concerned. Hall 4 was closed (at least when I looked) and there was nobody at their little stand in the space section.
you really don't need to post the same thing in two different threads
An updated time-lapse of the construction work at TF-1. One of the new escape tunnels makes a brief appearance at 1:36
Please note: the following is intended purely for amusement, and actually makes no point whatsoever:I wouldn’t dare post this in the SpaceX BFR thread, but I can’t be the only one who’s amused that SpaceX's design has evolved into one with large aero-surfaces that requires powerful and presumably heavy actuators (HOTOL-scale hydraulics?) and re-enters belly first enjoying a low ballistic coefficient!But seriously, this is not meant to restart a Skylon vs BFR debate. I really doubt there's anything new to say.Carry on :-)
No Skylon vs BFR. It sets people's hair on fire!
Quote from: Chris Bergin on 09/23/2018 01:29 pmNo Skylon vs BFR. It sets people's hair on fire! Can I ask if any of the Skylon work on actively cooled canards or thermal protection materials might be applicable to the SpaceX design without hair catching alight?
Quote from: adrianwyard on 09/24/2018 12:50 amQuote from: Chris Bergin on 09/23/2018 01:29 pmNo Skylon vs BFR. It sets people's hair on fire! Can I ask if any of the Skylon work on actively cooled canards or thermal protection materials might be applicable to the SpaceX design without hair catching alight?AIUI REL went with the idea of steam cooling because there is actual flight history of this concept. Specifically a USAF programme which tested at least one reentry vehicle with it. The report was on the DTIC website. While using heatpipes to move the intense (but localized) leading edge heat to the upper surface was looked at for Shuttle AFAIK it's never been flown. Being a closed system it has no fluids to replace or contamination issues but actual flight tested hardware puts the transpiration cooling concept in pole position. So if SX wanted to use it they'd just look up the relevant DoD reports.
One concept, the Skylon spaceplane, has been “a little bit of a distraction” in the public eye from the company’s engine development, says a spokesman. The firm is considering “a number” of concepts, and will speak to vehicle developers after testing of Sabre.