BBC News: Skylon ‘spaceplane economics stack up’ – 29 May 2014

May 29, 2014

The BBC Science correspondent, Jonathan Amos, reports on the findings of a study of the economic feasibility of SKYLON (a conceptual reusable single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane) and a SKYLON–based European Launch Service Operator (S-ELSO), validated by the LE Europe Aerospace team.

“It appears a feasible proposition, economically. That is the conclusion of a study that considered a European launch service based on a Skylon re-usable spaceplane. The report, commissioned by the European Space Agency (Esa), was led by Reaction Engines Limited (REL) of Oxfordshire with help from a range of other contractors such as LE Europe, QinetiQ and Thales Alenia Space (TAS).”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27591432