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Designing the World Land Speed Record

Presented by Mark Chapman

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.

Mark Chapman, Bloodhound SSC
Mark Chapman

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.