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Airplanes in Space?

GIST OF THE STORY ================================================================== A British company is working on a spaceplane that can carry cargo or a pod for passengers to orbit. A critical piece of technology for the spaceplane's engines is currently under development. The spaceplane could ferry cargo and passengers into space more cheaply than current alternatives ============================================================   A British firm is upping the ante in a long-held dream to build an airplane that also can fly in space. With support from the U.K. Space Agency, Reaction Engines is building a prototype of a critical piece of its spaceplane's technology, which will be tested on a conventional jet engine. The ultimate goal is Skylon, an unpiloted, air-breathing vehicle that takes off and lands on a runway, and can travel beyond Earth's atmosphere. Rather than using expensive rocket motors that have to be discarded or refurbished after every flight