Reaction Engines Completes Studies on Orbital Transfer Vehicle



REL has now completed studies into a large rocket stage called Fluyt. The orbital transfer vehicle is named after a class of large cargo ships which contributed to Dutch success in building a large trading empire in the 16th Century. Fluyt is a reusable stage which would be based at a spaceport in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and would carry large payloads of between 10 and 15 tonnes to GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), lunar orbit or even to planets. It has the capability to be staged together in order to further increase its payload.

The study was conducted to prove that the new SKYLON D1 configuration could support operations leading to lunar bases, manned Mars missions and very large systems in GEO.