air-breathing air-breathing

Definition(s):

  • (adj) deriving oxygen from the air

Usage(s):

  1. The subsonic air-breathing missile was a sound concept before physicists found out how to fit a nuclear warhead into a ballistic missile.
  2. In less than half a minute Pudgy had pushed her calf, an air-breathing mammal, up to the surface to draw her first breath.
  3. Snark, winged, air-breathing and subtonic, will fly five to seven hours to target as opposed to 15 to 30 minutes for the intercontinental ballistic missiles still under development.

News

  1. Britain to develop engine to take spaceplane into orbit

    OXFORD, England, July 16 (UPI) -- The British government says it plans to invest $90 million in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane.
    on July 17, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Funding Infusion

    Air-breathing rocket engine. Need we say more? The technology, which sounds straight out of a science-fiction movie, has enough reality to it for the United Kingdom government to offer $90.62 million (£60 million), in stages, to a company looking to develop the engine. The money will go to Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines, which we’ve seen on [...]
    on July 16, 2013     Source: Universe Today

  3. UK Space Agency Invests Into Development Of Air-breathing Rocket Engine

    ESA The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine -- intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane -- following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology. The 60 million euros investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing ...
    on July 16, 2013     Source: redOrbit

Quotes

  • Palin writes that she thought that was a splendid idea for Schmidt and his fellow staffers, whose "chain-smoking, junk-food-packing, recirculated-air-breathing habits were probably catching up to them."
    on Nov 16, 2009 By: Sarah Palin Source: Los Angeles Times

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