To break their existing landspeed record, the Bloodhound SSC team are pushing the boundaries of technology and engineering, aiming to take a car towards 1,000 mph (1,610km/h). That's faster than the bullet from a Magnum 357 or equivalent to the length of four and a half football pitches in 1 second.
In this PI Keynote we hear firsthand about the challenges that this unique engineering feat create and gain insight into the truly innovative thinking demanded by such a project.
Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC
Mark graduated from Bath University in ’92 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and since then has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of projects, from designing the rotor control actuators for the AB139 helicopter, to a sewage works in Totnes, though this perhaps was pushing the limits for what could be termed fluid dynamics!
However, for the main he’s been involved with aerospace projects including a couple of years out in Seattle for Boeing with their Propulsion Systems Division, and quite a portion based at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Most recently he’s spent nearly 4 years as part of the design team on the STOVL system for the F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter.