3 Jul 2016

Applications are being invited for The Sitec Challenge 2016!

The Sitec Challenge 2016






Publicity Notice – RAeS Bristol Branch
1st Annual Young Person’s Lecture Competition (The Sitec Challenge)
RAeS Bristol Branch are pleased to give advance notice of our forthcoming lecture competition, The Sitec Challenge. This annual competition is open to anyone under 30 who has or is studying a recognised Engineering Council degree. Candidates who enter The Sitec Challenge are eligible for entry for the RAeS’s prestigious NE Rowe medal.
The event is topical, with a new theme each year to reflect the ever-changing and multi-faceted landscape of the aerospace industry. The theme for the 2016 competition is:
“Advanced Recyclable Materials, Greener Manufacturing and the place of these technologies in the future of our industry”

Applications with any variation on this theme are very welcome!

At this stage there are two deadlines that entrants should be aware of:
1.  Submission of the application with a small abstract:  29th July 2016
Candidates that are successful at this stage will be notified and be required to submit their presentation that will be given at the final.
 2. Submission of the presentation:  13th October 2016

PRIZES including £200 cash and two tickets to RIAT are being offered for winning candidates

Click HERE to view more information on the competition, including an application form and manifesto

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



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:




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.