Fusion power – the power source that drives the sun and all the stars – has the potential to solve all our energy needs for thousands of years with minimal environmental impact. Thousands of
scientists and engineers in many countries are working to realise it and in the process are building and using extraordinary machines that achieve conditions which stretch the imagination to the
limit - temperatures of 100 million degrees for example.
From telecommunications to GPS systems, space-based systems are a part of our everyday lives. Despite the importance of space access to provide and maintain these services, more than six decades after humanity first went to space the launches that put people and resources into space have remained infrequent, expensive, and high-risk. Many attempts have been made to develop a system that could move humanity forward into a new ‘golden age’ of space flight, but until recently these systems have all run up against technical challenges that were impossible to overcome. However, the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) offers an enticing path toward realizing that goal. A combined cycle engine that uses world-leading heat exchanger technology, SABRE could finally achieve the goal of a truly reusable space plane that could reduce launch costs dramatically. Join us to learn about the science and engineering that goes into SABRE, and how it could be used to change the world.