Mark Chapman is Chief Engineer and Engineering Director for the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project – this aims to push the existing record to over 800mph using a combination of a jet engine from Eurofighter Typhoon and a mono propellant rocket system.
The aim of the project is to inspire a generation through a STEM engagement programme, but, beyond that, is unusual in actively seeking out emerging and disruptive technologies to showcase on a global scale, not only in design and manufacturing but throughout the fields of electrification, communications and the digital space.
In 2019 the team completed the High Speed Testing phase of the programme, achieving over 600mph with jet power alone.
His career has been based within R&D sector, with a background of novel projects primarily in Aerospace and Defence. Prior to starting on Bloodhound, he was part of the design and development team for the F35B, the STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, and has consulted on a number of projects ranging from space launch and hypersonic flight through to autonomous vehicles and infrastructure.