Richard Hull, Engineering

Richard is a physicist by training, though he has spent most of his time in the Aerospace Industry as an R&D Engineer working on UK Defence Projects (Military Radar Systems at Raytheon). Later he worked on Canadian Space Agency projects at SPAR Aerospace, Toronto. Richard was its Lead Engineer for the design of the power, data, video and thermal systems on the SPDM (Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator) robot for use on the International Space Station. Later at SPAR, he worked on developing radiation-hardened electronic systems for robotics to be used on an experimental fusion reactor ITER. He is currently researching into single wire electrical transmission principally for robotics at the University of Alberta.


  • 2010-2014: Responsible for electronic a design of ultrasonic phased array systems for NDT (Non Destructive Testing), UTTechnology, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2006-2010: Project Engineer responsible for designing a new GPRS (Ground Penetrating Radar System) principally for use in measuring ice thickness, EBA Engineering Consultants; Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2002-2006: Project Engineer for NVIS (Night Vision Imaging Systems) for aircraft, Spar Aerospace; Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1998-2002: Director of R&D for digital x-ray systems based on precision optics, CCD imaging technology and advanced software signal processing, DigiX Research Corporation; Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1993-1998: Lead Engineer for a project to commercialise a SAR (Search and Rescue) surveillance system for DND; this is known as ELVISS (Enhanced Low-Light-Level Visible and Infrared Surveillance System), Spar Aerospace; Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1989-1993: Senior Member of Technical Staff and Project Engineer for power, data, video and thermal design of the SPDM (Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator) now known as Dextre, a bidextrous manipulator fitted to the end of the Space Shuttle robotic arm, and used as an aid to construction and maintenance of the International Space Station, SPAR Aerospace Advanced Systems Division; Brampton, Ontario
  • 1978-1989:Principal Engineer and Project Engineer for various Military IFF radar projects including Rapier FSB2, and Swiss Rapier surface to air missile systems, Raytheon, UK


  • EMC Engineering (George Washington University)
  • Effective Manager (Open University)
  • Switching and Signalling in Telecommunication Networks (IEE)
  • Computer Network Design (LTI)
  • Spacecraft Systems Design & Engineering (Applied Technology Institute MD)
  • GPS Fundamentals and Applications (NavTech Seminars)
  • PSMJ Project Management


  • BSc., Combined Honours Physics (Aston University, UK)