Air-breathing combustion engines are combustion engines that use the oxygen in atmospheric air to oxidise ('burn') the fuel carried, rather than carrying an oxidiser, as in a rocket. Theoretically, this should result in a better specific impulse than for rocket engines.
Typical air-breathing engines include:
- Reciprocating engine
- Steam engine
- Gas turbine
- airbreathing jet engine
- Turbo-propeller engine
- Pulse detonation engine
- Pulse jet
- Liquid air cycle engine/Reaction Engines SABRE.
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