BIS West Midlands: Aspire Hypersonic Engine, with Christopher MacLeod

Date: 17 August 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
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The West Midlands Branch Presents:
Aspire Hypersonic Engine By Christopher MacLeod

Speaker: Christopher MacLeod
Date: Saturday -17th August 2024
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 15:15
Venue: Via Zoom

Talk Description
ASPIRE is an innovative spaceplane engine. Its aim is to facilitate access to orbit from a conventional runway at a fraction of the cost of conventional rocketry.

Like a Scramjet engine it uses oxygen from the atmosphere to burn its fuel (in other words it is airbreathing). However, it has a completely different fuel-injection system to a Scramjet. This is important because air-fuel mixing is the main reason that scramjets have not been successful.

The talk will discuss why air-breathing engines are important. Why they currently don’t work and what the solutions to this conundrum might be.

• 13:55 – The meeting is available to join
• 14:00 – Welcome
• 14:05- Aspire Hypersonic Engine By Christopher MacLeod
• 14:45 – Questions and Answers (we enable everyone’s microphone to allow an interactive Q&A session)

So, here’s the Plan/Joining Instructions!
1. Register for the Talk using the link below
2. TBA
3. Before the event, we will send you an email with the joining link for the meeting.
4. On the day, click meeting link (and follow the on-screen instructions to install Zoom if prompted)

Please Note
The Conference Call and Q & A sessions will be recorded (which may capture your name, picture, voice or video) and made available via the West Midlands Facebook group and possibly via the BIS HQ website. You consent to this by registering for the Conference Call/Q & A sessions.

Speaker Profile:
Chris MacLeod graduated with a degree in Physics and Electronics in 1989. He then spent 6 years mostly in the USA working for Hughes Aircraft Company in their research and development department. In 1995 he joined The Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen and was The Director of Research and a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering when he left in 2015. Since then, he has been a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in the Outer Hebrides. He also holds MSc and PhD degrees and is a Chartered Physicist.