Speaker: Alan Bond

Date: 2 October 2013 Start Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute,16-18 Queen Square, Bath,Avon,BA1 2HN


In the 1980s a promising new propulsion concept was investigated in theUKleading to a 2-1/2 year intensive study of a single stage to orbit reusable space launch vehicle called HOTOL. HOTOL was studied by British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce but abandoned because of lack of Government support at the end of the 1980s.

The project was not abandoned however by its inventors and in 1989 Alan Bond, Richard Varvill and John Scott created Reaction Engines Ltd to continue to pursue the concept. The result has been the SKYLON Spaceplane and its SABRE powerplant. In studying the requirements for the Spaceplane a number of additional studies have been conducted into space transport infrastructure and missions to Mars. This talk will describe these studies and the experimental development which has taken place to date to bring SKYLON to fruition.

Entrance fee: £3 for members of the BIS or local astro group*. £5 for non-members. *Proof of astro society membership required on entrance