My name is Emma Goulding and I’m a controls engineer for Siemens Aeroderivative Gas Turbines (AGT). This is a technical role where I support the fleet of AGT engines through operational support, software testing and software coding. I started my career as an apprentice in 2012, and very soon after that registered as a STEM ambassador, carrying out STEM events for local schools. I recently led the Siemens AGT ‘Innovation Month’ STEM outreach programme, where over 150 students from more than 5 different schools and clubs took part in the STEM sessions hosted by Siemens AGT.
This Siemens initiative allowed the business to engage with local schools and to host sessions encouraging young people to get excited about STEM. The project also gave Siemens the chance to showcase some of the opportunities that a STEM career can offer.
Shortly before 11 o’clock in the evening on 7 March 2017, the tropical night air of French Guiana was rent with the roar of a Vega rocket, blasting off from its launch pad in Kourou. The payload sitting atop the rocket, a satellite developed and built by Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA), was the missing piece in the puzzle to complete Europe’s colour-vision image of Earth.
Sentinel-2B joined its identical twin in polar orbit, unfurling its solar panels and reporting for duty just an hour after leaving Earth. Sentinel-2A, the first of the pair, launched in June 2015. Together, they make up Copernicus, the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. Positioned 180 degrees apart, the pair can complete a full circle of the Earth just 100 minutes. Working together, the Sentinel satellites can cover the whole world, including all land surfaces, large islands and inland and coastal waters, every five days.
Ever since President Eisenhower established NASA in 1958, the world’s population has been hooked on pushing the boundaries of human exploration. In the 60 years that followed, humankind has travelled faster, further and more fantastically than ever before.
In early 1969, the first flight of the Concorde roared out of Toulouse, proving the colossal plane could take to the skies. Just a few short months later, the world watched as Neil Armstrong and ‘Buzz’ Aldrin took their first, tentative steps across the lunar surface. In quick succession, NASA sent missions to land on our nearest neighbours, tallying a list of firsts as they headed for Venus, then Mars, and finally set out to explore Jupiter.
Meet the designers with their heads in the stars, competing to build sustainable cities on our nearest neighbour; Mars. Manufacturing is evolving here on Earth as technologies like large-scale 3D printing gain popularity. Students and professionals worldwide have this year taken their innovations a step further in the Mars City Design Competition.
The contest is the brainchild of Mars City Design CEO, founder and ‘Marschitect’, Vera Mulyani. The aim; designing and innovating a sustainable city on Mars. Entrants used their designs to solve the everyday problems of living on Mars. These covered categories looking at structural design, a city infrastructure and agriculture in space.
Eight engineering students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have pushed their creativity to the limit, designing a super-light, personal aircraft. ‘The Delta’, as it has been named, is the world’s lightest electric paraglider trike, weighing in at just 49 kilograms.
The design team took on the challenge as part of the National Geographic Channel’s new series, ‘Machine Impossible’. Their task: to create a cheap, fun and functional flying machine.
From solar planes to a reinvented air-ship, we have scoured the skies this month to bring you the most exciting and innovative engineering news from the aerospace industry. As we come to the end of our aerospace month, we spoke to QEPrize Ambassador and aerospace engineer, Rob Edmunds, to get a first-hand look at what it’s really like on the inside.
Until now measurements of air speed, one of the most crucial measurements for a pilot, can be inaccurate and on occasion in icy conditions, non-existent. The current pitot tube system which protrudes from the aircraft, measuring airspeed by detecting changes in air pressure, has been prone to failures in icy conditions. In spite of heating the instruments, they have been known to fail, freeze and block with potentially catastrophic consequences. Pitot tubes have also been damaged as a result of their external position, with collisions with birds, for example, contributing to their demise.