78356891 story British Spaceplane Skylon Could Revolutionize Space Travel (ieee.org) 226 Posted by samzenpus on Sunday November 08, 2015 @07:17PM from the to-the-stars dept. MarkWhittington writes: The problem of lowering the cost of sending people and cargo into low Earth orbit has vexed engineers since the dawn of the space age. Currently, the only way to go into space is on top of multistage rockets which toss off pieces of themselves as they ascend higher into the heavens. The Conversation touted a British project, called Skylon, which many believe will help to address the problem of costly space travel. According to IEEE Spectrum, both BAE Systems and the British government have infused Skylon with $120 million in investment.