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SKYLON: Unpiloted and reusable spaceplane

Reaction Engines Ltd is developing SKYLON, a re-usable spaceplane for low cost deployment of satellites.

The unpiloted spaceplane is designed to take off from a conventional runway carrying a 12 tonne payload – twice that of normal rockets.

42 Technology was appointed to provide strategic engineering consultancy and help with the mechanical design of key operational features of SKYLON. One of our first projects was a complete review of the payload mechanical interface to speed up and simplify the payload integration process.

Mark Hempsell, future programmes director at REL said:

“We were delighted with the fresh thinking 42 Technology brought to the challenge; SKYLON requires a simple robust payload attachment system that is also flexible, lightweight and meets demanding dimensional constraints. The 42T solutions were novel but elegant and will considerably enhance the vehicle’s operation flexibility.”