25 Apr 2016

The Activities of Airbus Group Innovations in an increasingly Digital World

Ian Risk, Head of Airbus Group Innovations UK 


This lecture will be preceded by the RAeS Bristol Branch AGM.


12th May 2016

6.00pm – RAeS Bristol Branch AGM

6.30pm – Lecture 

Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG



Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:



Airbus Group Innovations – the Airbus Group network of research facilities, scientists, engineers and partnerships – is at the forefront of research and technology. AGI are performing cutting edge research into UAVS, electric aircraft, 3D printing and robotics among many other areas. Ian, head of AGI and focus for Product and Cyber Security, will be providing an overview of some of the ground breaking projects being undertaken as we enter an increasingly digital age.

29 Feb 2016

Brimstone

Tim Marshall, Principal Engineer Weapons Integration at QinetiQ


17th March 2016

6.30pm – Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG



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Test and Evaluation of guided weapons is a complex business. Brimstone was conceived as a Cold-War weapon but is being used on Operations today. This lecture outlines the technical and programme challenges presented when a new capability is introduced involving a guided weapon. We also see how the Brimstone missile developed to become the weapon of choice it is today.
The UK’s air-delivered anti-armour capability began with the BL755 Cluster Munition in the 1970s and was replaced by Brimstone in 2005. However, complex Rules of Engagement on Operations and a change in World Politics made many weapon systems virtually obsolete. Brimstone underwent modifications which enabled its use on Operations Telic, Herrick, Ellamy and Shader. Its present use heralds major performance advantages over its predecessor BL755 in terms of Collateral Damage, Precision, Target Type and Range. Brimstone is also set for use not only on many airborne platforms, but also those from land and maritime environments.


27 Jan 2016

Human Factors in Aviation

Chris Parsons, Lead Air Safety Consultant, Atkins


18th February 2016

6.30pm – Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG


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This presentation from the RAeS Human Factors Group considers Human Factors in the aviation industry, using detailed case studies to explain how things can go wrong. Chris will discuss the science behind the errors made, what industry has done about it to date, and what tools are on the horizon which may help prevent future mishaps.