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Event ID:  4557
Contact Name:  Suszann Parry
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Contact Phone:  +44 (0) 20 7735 3160
Organization:  British Interplanetary Society South West Meeting
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Dates:  2nd October 2013 to 2nd October 2013
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United Kingdom
State/Province:  Somerset
City:  Bath
Event Name:  Man in the Solar System: A Very British Approach
Event Description:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute In the 1980s a promising new propulsion concept was investigated in the UK leading to a 2-1/2 year intensive study of a single stage to orbit reusable space launch vehicle called HOTOL. HOTOL was studied by British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce but abandoned because of lack of Government support at the end of the 1980s. The project was not abandoned however by its inventors and in 1989 Alan Bond, Richard Varvill and John Scott created Reaction Engines Ltd to continue to pursue the concept. The result has been the SKYLON Spaceplane and its SABRE powerplant. In studying the requirements for the Spaceplane a number of additional studies have been conducted into space transport infrastructure and missions to Mars. This talk will describe these studies and the experimental development which has taken place to date to bring SKYLON to fruition. Entrance fee: £3 for members of the BIS or local astro group*. £5 for non-members. *Proof of astro society membership required on entrance
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