Guildford Astronomical Society

Alan Bond

Alan BondAlan Bond

Ex-Rolls Royce and British Aircraft Corporation with wide experience in gas turbines and rockets. Employed at the Atomic Energy Authority in 70’s – 80’s on the JET and RFX nuclear research projects. As a consultant engineer to BAe during the HOTOL project, invented and patented the RB545 engine design. Since forming Reaction Engines in 1989, managed evolution of HOTOL into SKYLON.

The Reaction Engines Ltd website gives more information about SKYLON and HOTOL and more about Alan can be found on Wikipedia.

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DateTalk at GAS meeting
5 May 2011SKYLON – Beginning the Conquest of Space

Download Alan's presentation here [PPT: 13.7MB, Members only].

2 Oct 2014The SKYLON spaceplane - a gateway to the solar system

An update on the SKYLON spaceplane and its SABRE engine will be presented showing the progress made in the past few years towards realising the project. An outline programme will be given for its planned development over the next decade, including the contribution made by the UK Government towards the programme.

The talk will end by indicating how SKYLON will enable major missions to other planets, especially Mars, during the second half of this century.