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Dr Neil Taylor

Dr Neil Taylor is one of the UK’s leading experts in high speed vehicles for space access. His academic career spanned over a decade, during which time he worked in the Aerospace Department of the University of Bristol lecturing in aerodynamics, turbulence, and space systems. He authored technical papers on topics ranging from numerical methods for aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic simulations, to high speed intake flow stability, and analysis of separated and compensating rocket nozzle flows. He ran projects for both ESA and REL in nozzle research, including the first ever test of an Expansion Deflection Rocket nozzle on UK soil. In 2012, he moved to MBDA, in which he served as the principal point of contact between Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Future Systems. In 2015, he moved to REL, initially as the technical expert in the Performance and Aerodynamics department, responsible for developing and implementing design and analysis tools for the engine, airframe, and trajectory optimisation. He now combines this role with the day to day administrative duties of the HoD.

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