Richard ParkerDesigning the greatest advance in propulsion since the jet engine

Principal Design Engineer at Reaction Engines Limited


Richard Parker graduated college with 4 A-levels, after this he studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton, following his degree Richard joined RAL Space on a graduate scheme, during which he also became a member of the IMechE and became a Chartered Engineer in 2011.

In 2013, Richard joined Reaction Engines Ltd, now a Principal Design Engineer, his current work includes working on the design and development of advanced heat exchangers, rocket nozzles, the SABRE rocket engine and the Skylon single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane.

Reaction Engines, based at Culham Science Centre, was founded in 1989 to evolve the technology behind the HOTOL project into Skylon and the SABRE engine. Driven by an extensive and pioneering technology programme, Reaction Engines Ltd has made a breakthrough in aerospace technology that is now allowing the development of engines that will propel aircraft at speeds of up to five times the speed of sound or directly into Earth orbit.