Come take a trip in my airship

Airlander 10 Grand Canyon CGI

On 6 May 1937 disaster rocked the airship industry, stopping it in its tracks and taking 36 lives, as the LZ129 Hindenburg was engulfed in flames.

With their origins dating back to the late 1600s, it was not until a hundred years later that the first model- a balloon driven by a hand-powered propeller- took the skies.  Throughout the 19th century there was a great excitement surrounding the dirigible airship, and inventors raced one another to evolve the idea into a commercial success. 

Airbus tests high-tech concepts with 3D-printed mini aircraft


A small-sized pilotless aircraft made using 3D printing (additive layer manufacturing) processes is showcasing Airbus’ pioneering and innovative spirit.

Airbus is using this mini aircraft project – known as THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a test bed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and even artificial intelligence. 

QEPrize Trustee receives the Order of Merit from HM The Queen

Sir James Dyson OM CBE FREng, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, HM The Queen, and The Rt Hon Professor Lord Darzi of Denham OM PC KBE HonFREng FRS FMedSci

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, yesterday formally joined the highly prestigious Order of Merit. She received the honour at Buckingham Palace during a private audience with Her Majesty The Queen.

Bloodhound sets a date for supersonic record attempt


After a brief hiatus, the team behind BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car have announced that in October 2017 they will return to take on the World Land Speed Record set by Andy Green in 1997.

Twenty years after the RAF fighter pilot set the record of 763.035mph, becoming the fastest man on earth, the BLOODHOUND team have received the essential funding to complete the car.  The recent signing of major deals has secured the future of the supersonic project, and the countdown has officially begun to high-speed testing at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in the autumn of next year. 

Dawn Elson: From aviation to entertainment engineering

Thorpe Park

Dawn Elson is the Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments Group. She has responsibility for the engineering strategy, standards, procedures and compliance of a global portfolio of around 120 theme parks and attractions. We spoke to Dawn to find out more about her engineering career and background in the aerospace industry.

Sierra Nevada Space Corporation chase their dreams of commercial space travel

Dream Chaser Image c.o.NASA

Earlier this year, NASA selected US company, Sierra Nevada Space Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems, to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal solutions for the International Space Station.

The multi-year contract would see SNC’s ‘Dream Chaser’ undertaking at least six cargo delivery missions to the space station, and would provide NASA with direct access to the ISS until 2024. 

Students shoot for the stars at Farnborough International Airshow Futures Day

Altran 1- Photo credit David Davies

Pupils from Abbeyfield School in Wiltshire will today go head to head with teams from around the world, competing to take home the top prize in the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC).

The reigning UK champions, made up of year 7 and 8 students, won the 10th annual UKAYRoC national final earlier this year, beating 33 other teams across three gruelling rounds of competition, and nabbing a coveted spot in the final.  Now the team will face up to representatives from the USA, Japan and France in the international final being held today at the Farnborough International Air Show.   

NASA electrify flight with latest X-Plane ‘Maxwell’


As Solar Impulse 2 continues on the final leg of a fuel-free round-the-world tour, NASA have revealed details of their own experimental electric aeroplane, complete with fourteen electrical motors.

X-57 is the first experimental X-Plane in a decade, and it received its number from the U.S. Air Force.  Engineers working directly with the electric plane dubbed it ‘Maxwell’ in honour of Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, and his groundbreaking work in electromagnetism.