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British 'Space Plane' Gets £60m Go-Ahead from Chancellor George Osborne

•, By Timur Moon

Alan Bond, the founder of Reaction Engines, based in Culham, Oxfordshire, is to receive £60m from the government to build a 3,500mph 'Skylon' aircraft, whose hybrid jet-rocket engine is capable of blasting into low earth orbit.

Osborne's decision to invest in the 'Sabre' engine follows 100 successful test runs and a study by the European Space Agency to validate the design.

The award will be announced by David Willetts, the science minister, at this week's UK Space conference in Glasgow.
"This engine has the potential to revolutionise space travel and global travel," said Willetts. "It represents British engineering at its best and I went to see George Osborne to recommend we support it."

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