Reaction Engines is a UK-based company formed in 1989 to design and develop the technologies needed for a new class of innovative hypersonic propulsion system – the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE™).
Reaction Engines, Inc. has completed a new high-temperature airflow test facility where it is currently running a test programme to validate the performance of the pre-cooler heat exchanger technology. Located at Colorado Air and Space Port near Watkins, Colorado, the test facility will be capable of exposing the precooler test article (HTX) to high-temperature airflow conditions in excess of 1000°C that are expected during high-speed flights up to Mach 5.
By signing a letter of intent, Adams County’s Colorado Air and Space Port and Japanese-based PD AeroSpace, LTD., have established a formal relationship. In this arrangement, the two will work together to explore the possibilities of the development and expansion of PD AeroSpace, LTD.’s commercial activities at Colorado Air and Space Port.
“This letter of intent is a key component in building relationships with aerospace companies across the globe and for Adams County to provide a launch site,” says Dave Ruppel, Director, Colorado Air and Space Port. “Colorado has been coined ‘Aerospace Alley,’ and partnerships like this ensure it will remain a major destination for this industry.”
PD AeroSpace, LTD. is a spacecraft manufacturer with business offices in Nagoya, Japan and a research and development facility in Hekinan City. PD AeroSpace is developing a reusable sub-orbital spaceplane for micro-gravity testing, space tourism, and eventually point-to-point transportation. Their spacecraft uses a patented propulsion system with dual jet and rocket technology to achieve sub-orbital flight. The company intends to use Colorado Air and Space Port for the horizontal launch of this space plane.
“There was an instant connection between PD AeroSpace and our delegation through our presentations and tour of their facility in Hekinan City,” said Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio. “Similar to our operation at Colorado Air and Space Port, they (PD AeroSpace) are rapidly accelerating their pace of innovation with ambitious plans and the technical expertise to achieve their goals of operating in Colorado and around the world.”
Located at the former Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colorado Air and Space Port is the country’s newest spaceport accommodating vehicles making horizontal takeoffs and landings. CASP was issued a site operator’s license by the Federal Aviation Administration on August 17, 2018. It will serve as America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development.
“PD AeroSpace was being pursued as an operator by other spaceports in America, so this agreement is a significant achievement for Colorado Air and Space Port,” said County Manager Raymond Gonzales. “This effort will contribute to a vibrant commercial space industry in Colorado, serving the needs of government, science, commercial and industrial applications.”