Skylon space plane – Designed by UK-based engineers Reaction Engines Ltd, the Skylon project is a radical idea for future space travel.
Skylon space plane – Unlike NASA's space shuttle, Skylon can both take off and land much like conventional aircraft.
Skylon space plane – If built, Skylon would be around 90 meters long and be propelled by two specially designed hybrid air-breathing rocket engines.
Skylon space plane – Liquid hydrogen fuel mixed with air powers the rocket to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere. Once in orbit, liquid oxygen is used, as it is in a conventional space rocket.