Reaction Engines continues to grow its workforce, seeking Mechanical and Electrical Engineers to design and build out the SABRE engine ground test facility, as well as other engineering and support roles:
Reaction Engines are looking for graduates with a passion for space and aerospace in a variety of different disciplines. The graduate programme will start in September 2017 and will include 12 months in various areas of the business with a permanent role on completion.
A range of summer 2017 student placements at Reaction Engines are now available, for those studying towards science, engineering or business-related degrees. Closing date for applications: 30th November 2016.
Air-breathing rocket engine developer Reaction Engines has a vacancy for a Turbomachinery Mechanical Engineer, "To carry out mechanical design, analysis and development on the SABRE engine turbomachinery."
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) discusses two-stage reusable orbital launcher concepts, based on a two-year study of the SABRE air breathing rocket engine, under development by Reaction Engines.
UPDATE: AIAA paper by B. M. Hellman et al. of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, on "Two Stage to Orbit Conceptual Vehicle Designs using the SABRE Engine", PDF hosted on NASASpaceflight.com. (Thanks to M. Akisanya for the link).
REL have a vacancy for a Turbomachinery Aerodynamicist, to "carry out design work on the SABRE engine turbomachinery and support technology development activities specialising in support of the aerodynamic design."
FARNBOROUGH: 12 JULY 2016: Reaction Engines Ltd. announces today the signing of a €10m Development Contract with the European Space Agency, finalising the UK Government’s £60m commitment.
Reaction Engines Ltd., today announces the signing of a €10m European Space Agency (ESA) contract which will enable the development of a ground based demonstrator of SABRETM, a new class of aerospace engine which is highly scalable with multiple potential applications in hypersonic travel and space access.
Today’s signing represents the final piece of the British Government’s £60 million commitment of grant funding towards the SABRE programme. Within this commitment, €10m is being administered by ESA’s Technology Centre (ESTEC), alongside £50 million directly through the UK Space Agency. The terms of the UK Space Agency grant funding were agreed in late December 2015. In November 2015, BAE Systems invested £20.6 million in Reaction Engines to acquire 20 per cent of its share capital and agreed to provide industrial, technology development and project management expertise to support Reaction Engines during its development phase.
The agreements now in place between Reaction Engines, ESA and the UK Space Agency, together with the working partnership with BAE Systems, set the framework for Reaction Engines to deliver the world’s first SABRE ground demonstrator engine by the end of the decade.
Mark Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Ltd., commented:
“We’ve had valuable support from ESA and UKSA to date, and today’s agreement is a further vote of confidence not only in the revolutionary potential of this technology, but our ability to deliver on it. We are now entering an exciting phase where we can accelerate the pace of development to get SABRE up and running.”
Franco Ongaro, Director of Technical and Quality Management, ESA said:
"Reaction Engines and ESA have been working together since 2008 to make the SABRE concept a reality. This new contract marks an important milestone in our continued collaboration to mature the SABRE engine design. It should take us to a point where we can expect to be testing a demonstrator engine in 2020.”
Katherine Courtney, acting Chief Executive Officer, UK Space Agency, commented:
“We want the UK to be the best place in Europe to innovate and the SABRE engine programme has the potential to change air and space travel forever. When the UK Space Agency made its £60m commitment in 2013, we demonstrated our courage and belief in the development of this ground- breaking technology. Drawing on the expertise of the European Space Agency, our funding will help ensure that Reaction Engines and industry can collaborate to make this revolutionary engine a reality.”
FARNBOROUGH: 11 JULY 2016: Reaction Engines Ltd., a UK based company developing a new class of aerospace engine, today announces the strengthening of its leadership team with two senior management appointments and the establishment of a US-based subsidiary to lead its engagement with potential US government and industry partners.
The company has appointed Mark Wood to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer & Engineering Director, with responsibility for operational leadership, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the business through integration, collaboration and operational best practices.
Mark Wood joins Reaction Engines from Safran Power UK, where he most recently held the position of Engineering Director, with responsibility for Safran Power Engineering in the UK and for engineering services across the whole Power division. He will report to Mark Thomas, Reaction Engines’ Chief Executive Officer.
He will shape the company’s organisational development for the future and take on functional leadership of the Engineering Team, enabling Richard Varvill to focus on Chief Engineering the SABRE engine & technologies.
Mark Thomas said “I am delighted to welcome Mark Wood on board. He has over 20 years’ experience in the aerospace industry and a very relevant and impressive track record of successfully delivering complex engineering programmes. He brings additional strength to Reaction Engines’ leadership team as we continue to grow the Company. Mark has hit the ground running and is integrating well. I look forward to working with him and know that his energy and experience will have a positive effect on everyone.”
Mark Wood said “I am really excited to be joining Reaction Engines. The technologies that have been developed to date are truly cutting edge and I am delighted to be able to be part of the future growth of the company. I look forward to working with Mark Thomas and the team as we continue on this exciting journey.”
Reaction Engines has also established a new US-based subsidiary, Reaction Engines Inc. to support the expansion of the company’s development efforts and lead engagement with potential US government and industry partners.
The company has appointed Dr. Adam Dissel, an aerospace leader with over 15 years’ experience in the development of advanced vehicle systems, to lead the new subsidiary as President of Reaction Engines Inc. Dr. Dissel joins Reaction Engines Inc. from Lockheed Martin Space Systems where he served as System Architect for Responsive Space. He will report to Mark Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Ltd.
Mark Thomas commented “The establishment of a US office is the obvious next step for us, building on excellent work done under a collaborative R&D agreement with future export markets in mind. I am delighted that Adam has joined the team as President of Reaction Engines Inc. His skillset, experience and strong customer focus is very relevant to the task ahead and I look forward to working together to grow this part of our business.”
Dr. Adam Dissel, President of Reaction Engines Inc., said “I have followed the impressive progress of Reaction Engines and the SABRE engine with great interest for many years, and I am thrilled to now join such a fantastically skilled group of people and work towards future development and partnership opportunities in the US. The SABRE engine class is the most exciting new evolution in propulsion in decades and I am eager to advance the applications where these technologies could result in breakthrough system capabilities in high-speed flight and space access.”
10am-5pm, 26 May 2016
Royal Aeronautical Society, No.4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ
This conference will explore the optimum speed for different aerospace applications, from slow speed drones, to rotary wing aircraft, to larger passenger carrying aircraft, to combat aircraft and ultimately to space vehicles. It will look at the challenges for propulsion in in balancing air vehicle speed versus mission requirements and economic cost and how propulsion technology could shift the point of balance in the future.
There will be speakers representing the industrial leaders of most types of aerospace applications, giving delegates insight into game-changing technologies across the speed range.
- Mark Thomas, Managing Director and CEO, Reaction Engines
- Phil Curnock, Chief Engineer Civil Large Engines Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce plc
- Dr Gary Clark, Head of Civil Business, Airbus Helicopters UK
- Andy Barton, Business Development Director - Civil Markets, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd
- Dr Nicholas Bown, Project Engineer, Dowty Propellers, GE Aviation
- Tony Smith, Director, S & C Thermofluids