Com­pany helps flight take off

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A FIRM in Aber­cynon is sup­port­ing the de­sign of a world-first hy­per­sonic en­gine which will cut the flight time from Lon­don to Aus­tralia to just over four hours.

A 3D soft­ware firm in Aber­cynon is sup­port­ing the de­sign of a world-first hy­per­sonic en­gine which will cut the flight time from Lon­don to Aus­tralia to just over four hours.

CCSL, which is Wales’ only re­seller of the 3D com­puter aided de­sign soft­ware called Solid­works, is mark­ing a decade-long work­ing part­ner­ship with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy ex­perts Re­ac­tion En­gines.

Since May 2008, CCSL, which has one of its two of­fices with train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Aber­cynon, has sup­plied Re­ac­tion En­gines with the li­cences and tech­ni­cal sup­port to max­imise its use of this piece of 3D soft­ware.

Over the years, CCSL has sup­plied more than 35 li­cences to the Abing­don-based firm, which was formed in 1989 to de­sign and de­velop the tech­nolo­gies needed for a new class of in­no­va­tive hy­per­sonic propul­sion sys­tem – the syn­er­getic air-breath­ing rocket en­gine.

The hy­brid air-breath­ing rocket en­gine, which is a cross be­tween a jet and a rocket en­gine, is be­ing de­signed to send an air­craft from a stand­ing start to over five times the speed of sound for hy­per­sonic flight in the at­mos­phere, and more than 25 times the speed of sound for space ac­cess.

The project has been backed by in­dus­try gi­ants such as Boe­ing, Rolls Royce and BAE Sys­tems. The UK Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted £60m via the UK Space Agency and Euro­pean Space Agency.

CCSL’s tech­ni­cal knowl­edge of Solid­works, which is used glob­ally in de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tors, has been in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing the en­gi­neer­ing ex­perts at Re­ac­tion En­gines to max­imise their use of the soft­ware as they seek to bring the rev­o­lu­tion­ary en­gine to life.

Emyr Hughes, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of CCSL, said: “They bought two li­cences from us ini­tially back in 2008 and have since grown to be­come one of our big­gest clients and it’s an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing project to be part of.

“The whole team at CCSL, in­clud­ing my­self and CCSL tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Mike Jones, feel quite priv­i­leged to be work­ing with such a tal­ented team who are de­vel­op­ing some­thing of such global might in the aerospace in­dus­try.

“Space ex­plo­ration and en­gi­neer­ing in­trigue me and I have there­fore al­ways been in­ter­ested in the tech­ni­cal­i­ties be­hind it. The work at Re­ac­tion En­gines, be­ing car­ried out by this team of fan­tas­ti­cally tal­ented en­gi­neers, is push­ing cur­rent man­u­fac­tur­ing de­sign and ma­te­rial ca­pa­bil­ity to the limit.

“I am proud of the fact that they wouldn’t be achiev­ing this with­out the 3D soft­ware we are sup­ply­ing to them.”

From left, Mike Jones, CCSL Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Emyr Hughes, CCSL Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, and Stu­art Webb, De­sign Of­fice Man­ager for Re­ac­tion En­gines

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