Reaction Engines and Air Liquide sign agreement for liquid hydrogen and gaseous supply system at SABRE test facility

Reaction Engines and Air Liquide have signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show for the system to supply gases and liquids to the Reaction Engines’ Westcott test facility.

The test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, will be a national asset bringing unique capability to support Hydrogen test requirements in the UK.  When commissioned it will enable Reaction Engines to test critical subsystems along with the core of its revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine design, while creating future Hydrogen testing capability from the UK.

The agreement between Reaction Engines and Air Liquide will see Air Liquide design, build, procure, install and commission a gaseous supply system to supply the liquid and gaseous hydrogen and liquid nitrogen requirements for Reaction Engines’ Westcott facility.   Air Liquide will act as design authority on this project and will manage the full integration and commissioning of the fully operational system working with key partners.

Mark Thomas, CEO, Reaction Engines said:

“This is an exciting milestone in the development of our Westcott test site, bringing us closer to the start of testing of our SABRE engine core. Having already worked in close collaboration with Air Liquide, I’m pleased to be deepening the partnership between our two companies, which will help Reaction Engines deliver an operational test facility.”