Richard Varvill

Chief Technology Officer

Richard oversees all long term technology development and patenting activities.

Richard is one of the founders of Reaction Engines. In his CTO role he has technical oversight of Reaction Engines’ technical developments including SABRE, hypersonic engines, applied technologies solutions and our research and development programmes. Richard’s team leads SABRE vehicle studies, working closely with industry partners and space agencies. 

Richard began his career with Rolls-Royce working on advanced gas turbine concepts and was responsible for design work on the RB545 air-breathing rocket engine for the HOTOL spaceplane project. Following the creation of Reaction Engines, he evolved the design of the SABRE engine and Skylon launch vehicle together with Alan Bond and John Scott Scott, whilst also developing the technology for its novel precooler.

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