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October 20th Meeting - Richard Parker - Reaction Engines


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The next meeting is on Thursday the 20th October at the usual time of 7pm. This month we are excited to be joined by Richard Parker, Chief design engineer of Reaction Engines. Reaction Engines are working on the very cutting edge Sabre engine that it is hoped will one day power the Skylon spacecraft into low Earth orbit.

 

As usual all are welcome, members free and visitors welcome for a suggested donation of £2. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult please. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm with the talk starting approx 7pm. Afterwards if the weather permits there will be a chance for some observing.

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Twas a good night. I enjoyed Richards talk, a revolutionary concept there. Im always interested in new propulsion concepts, was a member of the BIS (British Interplanetary Society) during the space race years so got into rocket propulsion then .

Thanks for the look through the scope at the rare clear sky as well Mike

 

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It was a great night all round I thought. Some great observing after the talk that Richard seemed to enjoy with his Dad. Hopefully Snr may become a regular visitor :thumbsup:

 

Thanks for the help Daz and Phil with trying to find M57 which once found seemed to break the duck and then everything else seemed to just fall into the eyepiece with ease.

 

Richard also gave a talk to the 6th form in the afternoon which went down very well and has been a great help to a couple of students who now have a much clearer idea of the route they might follow at the end of their A levels.

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