ABINGTON, England (Reaction Engines PR) — The Board of Reaction Engines Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Allam, Engineering Director at BAE Systems, as a Director of the Company. His appointment is part of the strategic investment and working partner relationship BAE Systems has entered into with Reaction Engines and he will co-ordinate BAE Systems’ collaboration on Reaction Engines’ development of its SABRE™ engine.
Chris Allam has been Engineering Director of BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information (MAI) business and a member of the MAI Board since 2013. In this role he is responsible for leadership and governance of all Engineering and Project Management activity within BAE Systems’ military aerospace business. Previous roles within BAE Systems include Senior Vice President of F-35 Lightning II (2011), Managing Director of Autonomous Systems and Future Capability (2008), and Project Director for Unmanned Air Vehicles within BAE Systems’ Future Systems division (2006).
Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of Reaction Engines Ltd, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Chris Allam to the Board. His significant contributions to the Aerospace industry throughout his career make him an excellent
choice, and we look forward to benefiting from his insight and experience as the company embarks on the next phase of its journey to demonstrate the SABRE engine.”
1. Reaction Engines Limited (REL) is a privately owned Company located in the United Kingdom and formed in 1989, employing a staff of highly skilled engineers to develop the technologies needed for an advanced combined cycle air-breathing rocket engine class called SABRE™ (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine).
2. SABRE is an innovative new class of aerospace propulsion that has the potential to provide efficient air-breathing thrust from standstill on the runway to speeds above five times the speed of sound in the atmosphere. The SABRE engine can then transition to a rocket mode of operation, allowing spaceflight at up to orbital velocity, equivalent to twenty five times the speed of sound. Through its ability to ‘breathe’ air from the atmosphere, SABRE offers a significant reduction in propellant consumption and weight compared to conventional rocket engines which have to carry their own oxygen.
3. A key element of the SABRE engine is a breakthrough in aerospace engine technology Reaction Engines has achieved by developing ultra-lightweight heat exchangers that allow the cooling of very hot airstreams from over 1,000°C to minus 150°C in 1/100th second whilst preventing the formation of ice at sub-zero temperatures.
4. Reaction Engines Ltd has an ongoing SABRE engine technology development programme and in 2013 the UK Government announced a £60m commitment to aid preparations for the design, manufacture and testing of SABRE demonstrator engines.
5. The viability of the SABRE engine has been independently validated by a number of external parties, including the European Space Agency during a review undertaken at the request of the UK government.