Dr Steve Lingard

Steve is responsible for Vorticity’s engineering excellence and strategic business direction.

With oversight for all Vorticity programmes, Steve has successfully managed Vorticity’s contribution to the European Space Agency’s studies on the Earth Re-entry Demonstrator, Venus Entry Probe, Mercury Landing Technologies and the Aurora Alternative Descent and Landing Technologies study to analyse the descent and landing system for ExoMars.

He was closely involved in the ExoMars EDL programme including airbag design and testing, Huygens Phase F activities, NASA Mars Pinpoint Landing Study, NASA Aerocapture study, consultancy for JPL on the Mars Science Laboratory parachute system, and PPARC supersonic parachute fluid/structure interaction study

Prior to setting up Vorticity, Steve was the Chief Systems Engineer for Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd where he led the systems engineering effort for all ejection seat programmes including Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, JSF and NASA T-38.  He also established the Martin-Baker Space Systems Department.

Steve is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and holds their 1997 Theodor Knacke Award for Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems.

With twenty publications related to extra-terrestrial probes and decelerator system, Steve is often invited to lecture on all aspect of Parachute Aerodynamics at postgraduate level.

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