05/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UMinnesota Software To Aid In Spacecraft Development

The University of Minnesota is participating in a program based in Australia that could revolutionize space travel by making it safer, more economical and environmentally responsible.

A unique software program developed at the University will be used by a consortium with a goal to develop a scramjet -- a spacecraft that takes the oxygen necessary for takeoff out of the atmosphere instead of carrying it in a tank, which enables it to be smaller, lighter and faster.

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