The 2018/19 Elfyn RIchards Prestige Lecture
Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - Flagships for the Future
Mark Dannatt, Project Director, UK MoD
A look at the role of the QE class aircraft carriers together with some key design features concluding with an overview of the programme.
November 5 (Monday)
Taranis UAV Flight Testing
Jon Wiggall, BAe Systems Military Air & Information
A review of the objectives, scope and challenges of the Taranis programme including the approach adopted with respect to the safety case that is considered necessary to test a large, experimental unmanned technology demonstrator.
Chasing Bears in the Phantom
Captain Nick Anderson, Virgin Atlantic and ex-RAF fighter pilot
Describing the life of a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in the 1970s with a focus on the exciting job of chasing Soviet Tu-95 'Bear' long-range reconnaissance aircraft over the North Sea as they appraoched UK airspace.
From Ocean to Stratosphere with Solar Energy
Raphael Domjan, SolarXplorers SA
Outlining the incredible adventures and explaining why the speaker is so committed to protecting our planet. A story sprinkled with inspiring videos, photographs and amusing anecdotes.
Joint Lecture with the IMechE
Commercisl Helicopter Operations
Steve Hogarth, FRAeS, Aviation Consultant and RAeS Loughborough Branch Treasurer
An introduction to the advances made in UK commercial helicopter operations since their inception some 70 years ago. Many technical challenges have been overcome to establish an industry envied worldwide for its strong adherance to safe practices and sound financial precepts.
7.00 pm: 2018/19 Branch AGM
7.30 pm: Blue Steel - the V-Force's Stand-off Bomb
Air Commodore Norman Bonner, FRAeS, FRIN, RAF (Ret'd)
The development history of the Blue Steel missile programme. In the Mid-1950s intelligence showed that the Soviet Union had started devloping surface-to-air misslles that would threaten high-flying bombers. The Air Staff recognised that a stand-off attack capability was required and the development began of what became Blue Steel.
June 11 7.00 pm
University Lecture Theatre J104 Edward Herbert Building
Joint Event with the University Dept of Aero & Auto Engineering
Loughborough University MEng Final Year Aircraft Design Projects - short lecture series
This is an annual event in which a series of mini-lectures from groups of final year MEng students will describe the results obtained from their projects.
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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and its Importance to Aircraft Design
Prof Gary Page, Dept of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University
Presenting a layman's approach to the imortance of CFD in the context of modern aircraft design and development.
February 11 (Monday)
In the Blink of an Eye: Head Mounted Displays within BAE Systems
Alex Cameron, Product Manager Survivability, Targeting and Sensor Solutions, BAE Systems Electronic Systems, Rochester
The story of BAE Systems journey into head mounted display sytems providing a vision of the future for head worn systems, their capabiliies and applications.
Hybrid Electric Aircraft
Dr Panos Laskaridis, Head of Hybrid Electric Propulsion Group, Cranfield University
Reviewing various Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) related to hybrid electric technologies applied to different aircraft. The derived CONOPS are then used to propose a technical roadmap. Future market drivers, metrics and challenges are also considered.
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