Skylon spaceplane gets cash boost
An innovative UK launcher concept is to get 1m euros (£900,000) of investment from the European Space Agency (Esa).
The Skylon spaceplane would take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over 12 tonnes to orbit and then return to land on the same runway.
The money will help prove the vehicle's core technologies, including its Sabre air-breathing rocket engine.
Reaction Engines, the company behind the project, believes its reusable launcher could fly within 10 years.
Skylon seems to have been around forever, with not much progress as far as I can see from the outside.