17 Jan 2017

January 2017 Lecture

Zephyr and other developments in military Unmanned Air Systems

Group Captain Ian J Mitchell, Unmanned Air Systems' Type Airworthiness Authority, MOD

We are pleased to invite you to our first lecture of 2017!

Group Captain ‘Mitch’ Mitchell is the Type Airworthiness Authority and Project Engineer for the Unmanned Air Systems Team at MOD Abbey Wood. The team provides the UAS for all three Services of the UK military as well as supporting a number of technology demonstrators.

This lecture will describe the exciting developments within the Zephyr project as we look to demonstrate the viability of a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite platform. Alongside this project, Group Captain Mitchell will also describe some of the other new projects within the team and how UAS technology, and its military exploitation, have been accelerating in recent years.

14 Nov 2016

December Lecture

Thunderbolts and Lightning:
Are They Really Frightening?
Rhys Phillips, Airbus Group Innovations

Paraphrasing that famous line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning and aircraft lightning strike.
In a light hearted and informative talk, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning that can exist. He will then move on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and explain how we protect against damage from this.
This talk is the perfect mix of technical and fun and will interest and inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along!

Time and Venue                                            
6.30pm – Thursday 1st December 2016
Pugsley Lecture Theatre,
Bristol University Faculty of Engineering,
Queens Building, University Walk Bristol, BS8 1TR

Members and non-members welcome!
 For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643 - anna.pugh@airbus.com)

See below to register for this lecture:

22 Oct 2016

Sitec Challenge 2016 - Winners!

The Royal Aeronautical Society Bristol Branch would like to congratulate the winners on delivering excellent presentations for the competition! The quality of the presentations meant that all 3 of our finalists ended up getting an award!

Here is Jenny Body (OBE, FRAeS, RAeS WAAC) presenting the awards to our winners!
 Laura Veldenz - National Composite Centre

 Colin Field - Rolls Royce

Arun Dawson - University of Oxford