Reaction Engines prepares for next phase of high-Mach/high-temperature testing

April 13, 2022
Reaction Engines prepares for next phase of high-Mach/high-temperature testing
On the heels of successful hypersonic ground tests, Reaction Engines prepares for next phase of high-Mach/high-temperature testing.

Reaction Engines announced today that it is completing the placement of additional ground support equipment at its High Temperature Airflow Test Facility (TF2) in Colorado.  The additional modifications to the Reaction Engines test facility will support expanded test envelopes of its revolutionary heat exchanger technology and thermal management solutions that are critical to aerospace, defense, energy, and transportation industries.

Reaction Engines U.S. President, Dr. Adam Dissel, said the recent work at the facility will allow Reaction Engines to enter the next phase of critical high-Mach/high-temperature testing of its propulsion technologies.  “We began construction of TF2 understanding that timing was of the essence, breaking ground and becoming fully operational in less than 500 days,” Dissel said.  “Since that time, and in collaboration with our US and UK government and industry partners, Reaction Engines has exceeded expectations and

has successfully tested our engine Precooler technology at temperatures up to those that would be experienced during hypersonic flight at five times the speed of sound,” Dissel added.

In recent news reports, testing at Reactions’ facilities validated for the first time the unique capability to design, manufacture and operate a flight-representative engine heat exchanger & thermal management system at full-threat hypersonic flight conditions and temperatures (~1800 F).

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Reaction Engines will leverage their novel, scalable heat exchanger technologies for the high-Mach and hypersonic fields but recognizes a wider market for its solutions and services with an expanding list of government and commercial customers.  “We are growing. Hypersonics is a technology driver, and we are a technology game-changer,” Dissel stated.  Reaction Engines and its heat exchanger technology will be a key supplier of thermal management solutions into those advanced propulsion systems seeking to achieve high-Mach/hypersonic speeds.  But according to Dissel, the company intends to leverage its heat exchanger and thermal management solutions into its market adjacencies in the energy, environmental and transportation fields.

Hypersonic may lead the way, but other industries and applications will greatly benefit from Reaction’s heat exchanger and thermal management research and development programs.

Following the placement of the ground support equipment at the test site, Dissel says the Reaction Engines team is preparing for its next round of development testing.

“Stay tuned.  There are more exciting things coming from Reaction Engines,” Dissel stated.