Skylon as it might appear
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British engineers plan 'Skylon' space plane

6 July 2010 Last updated at 16:48 BST

British engineers are developing a space plane which they claim would be able to lift heavy cargo and maybe humans into space using rocket and jet technology.

The Skylon space plane would take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over 12 tonnes to orbit and then return to land on the same runway.

Neil Bowdler reports.