Richard Varvill

CTO & Chief Engineer

Richard is ‘chief engineering’ SABRE and its demonstrator. He oversees all technology development and patenting activities.

Richard is a founding Director of Reaction Engines Ltd and alongside Alan Bond devised the SABRE engine concept with its innovative precooler technology. He is technically leading the SABRE demonstrator and flight engine projects, in addition to their technology programmes. He chairs the IP Committee and provides technical support to the Business Development function to identify future engine applications and spin offs.

Richard began his career with Rolls-Royce Military Engine Division working on advanced gas turbine concepts (EJ200, Hybrid Fan Vectored Thrust Engine and ACME) and prior to founding Reaction Engines, was responsible for engine design work on the RB545 air-breathing rocket engines for HOTOL and winged launcher studies for the European Space Agency.

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