Scientists create new aircraft engine hailed as the biggest breakthrough since the jet engine
A group of British scientists have created a new aircraft engine described as “the biggest breakthrough in propulsion since the jet engine.” The new aircraft propulsion unit created by scientists from a company called Reaction Engines. The new motor is designed to cool the air entering the motor from 1000 ° C to -150 ° C in 1 / 100th of a second without creating ice problems.
The breakthrough promises to allow jet engines to operate safely at higher power levels than is currently possible without overheating. Engineers believe it could allow an aircraft to reach speeds of over 2,000 mph. This speed will allow passengers to travel from England to Australia in just four hours.
The engine is called the Saber, and the integration of the technology into existing passenger planes requires an overhaul of the entire engine. Researchers believe the engine would likely only be used in about 10% of all flights. One of the engine’s most interesting applications is space flight capability.
The designers believe that this engine would allow planes to fly directly into orbit and return to earth in a single step. The technology used in the engine involves a cooling system using a network of thin “swirl pattern” pipes that are filled with condensed helium. The designers hope to build an aircraft called the Skylon that would be 84m in length and have the ability to take off and land like a normal jet drawing oxygen from the air at low altitudes before going into rocket mode and d ” use its own internal fuel supply to achieve high speeds.