2 Nov 2017

Drones vs the Volcano

Scientist and Engineers team up to use drones to study Volcán de Fuego in GuatemalaA team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol, Birmingham and Cambridge have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During two research tripssupported by the Cabot Institute, the team carried out many proof-of-concept flights at the summits of both Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala. Using lightweight modern sensors they measured temperature, humidity and thermal data within the volcanic clouds and took images of multiple eruptions in real-time. Dr Richardson will be presenting results from both campaigns and highlighting the benefits of working across faculties within the University.
6.30pm – Thursday 30th November2017Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building
University Walk, University of Bristol

Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
Please register at www.raesbristol.org.uk

30 Aug 2017

Bristol Branch presents the first lecture of 2017-18 season

‘King of all Balloons’: James Sadler, Oxford pastry cook and first English Aeronaut
by Mark Davies: Oxford Local historian, author, and biographer of James Sadler

Following his first air-balloon flights in 1784 and 1785, James Sadler spent the next 25 years as an engineer, inventor and chemist, before returning to ballooning, aged 57, in 1810. Sadler had several Bristol associations, including helping the chemist Thomas Beddoes set up his Pneumatic institute in Hotwells and marrying his second wife here. In 1811 he became the first man to fly over (but then into!) the Bristol Channel, one of many records he set, with his son Windham, in this very first phase of the history of flight.

Time & Venue
6.30pm – Thurs. 28th September 2017
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

For enquiries contact Anna Pugh or Liz Bartlett

Please register below if you plan to attend:




15 Jun 2017

Lecture recording
Bristol Barnwell Lecture:
Unlocking the Future of Space Access & Hypersonic Flight

Presented by
Mark Thomas


Chief Executive Officer, Reaction Engines





13 Jun 2017

Live stream link as below:

https://uwe.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0866a3cb-5efb-4ca1-a2a7-23fc41f82b8b

FYI there may be slight time delay in the video.

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Live streaming update
Bristol Barnwell Lecture:
Unlocking the Future of Space Access & Hypersonic Flight

Presented by
Mark Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, Reaction Engines


6.00pm – Tuesday 13th June 2017


SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines) allow aircraft to fly much faster than traditional jet engines – over five times the speed of sound! They can also operate in a rocket mode outside the atmosphere, allowing the next generation of truly reusable space launch vehicles. SABRE-powered vehicles will be capable of cutting the flight time from London to Australia to four and a half hours, or flying into orbit from a runway before returning to base and doing it all over again. This lecture will describe Reaction Engines’ exciting future plans as well as their journey so far. The transformation of air and space flight is coming!

All tickets are now gone but we will provide live streaming for this lecture.
Live streaming links will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages and our webpage at 5:45pm (15 mins before the start of the lecture).






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2 Jun 2017

Bristol Barnwell Lecture:
Unlocking the Future of Space Access & Hypersonic Flight

Presented by
Mark Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, Reaction Engines




SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines) allow aircraft to fly much faster than traditional jet engines – over five times the speed of sound! They can also operate in a rocket mode outside the atmosphere, allowing the next generation of truly reusable space launch vehicles. SABRE-powered vehicles will be capable of cutting the flight time from London to Australia to four and a half hours, or flying into orbit from a runway before returning to base and doing it all over again. This lecture will describe Reaction Engines’ exciting future plans as well as their journey so far. The transformation of air and space flight is coming!

Only 80 tickets are available.

Time and Venue                                            
6.00pm – Tuesday 13th June 2017 (Refreshments at 5.30pm)
University of West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre
North Entrance, Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ 

Dress code: Business attire 

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

See below to register for this lecture:




4 May 2017

May Lecture and AGM 2017

A350 – Growing the family

By
Andy Reynolds, A350 Chief Engineer, Airbus




                                                            
With the A350-900 fleet growing to 100 aircraft and the A350-1000 about to enter service, what does the future hold for this aircraft family? Find out from the A350 Chief Engineer himself in this exciting and informative lecture.

            Time and Venue


       6:30pm – Thursday 18th May 2017
        Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
  589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

        This Lecture will be preceded by the RAeS Bristol Branch AGM at 6:00pm.

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


4 Apr 2017

April 2017 Lecture

Adventures of a Bush Pilot
by
Captain Bryan Pill, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)



Captain Bryan Pill has been a commercial bush pilot for over 20 years. This has given him a wealth of experience in STOL operations off unimproved airstrips, lakes and rivers. He will provide a technical and practical insight into single crew operations with MAF. The lecture will be both entertaining and informative to aviator and non-aviator alike giving his insights into the bush pilot’s life working with some remarkable people in some of the most remote communities in the world.

Time and Venue                                            
6.30pm – Thursday 20th April 2017
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre

589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

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

See below to register for this lecture:


28 Feb 2017

March 2017 Lecture



The Dambusters and escape from Colditz Castle
The engineering behind two famous feats of WWII
By
Dr Hugh Hunt, Trinity College, Univeristy of Cambridge



Award winning documentary maker Dr. Hugh Hunt brings to life the engineering behind some of the most famous stories from the Second World War.

This lecture will give a behind the scenes insight into two recent Channel 4 documentaries looking in particular at how live reconstruction can tell us so much more that eye witness accounts.

Time and Venue                                            
7.30pm – Thursday 23rd March 2017
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre,
589 Southmead Road, Filton,Bristol BS34 7RG

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

See below to register for this lecture:

3 Feb 2017

February 2017 lecture

Is there life on Mars?
by
Dr. Lucy Berthoud, Bristol University


Could there be life on Mars? How could life possibly survive here on this cold hostile planet flooded with radiation?

To find this out, we have to know what the conditions for life might be. In this visually engaging talk, scientist Dr Lucy Berthoud unpacks these questions with the help of a few experiments she has up her sleeve.

Time and Venue                                            
6.30pm – Tuesday 21st February 2017
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:

30 Jan 2017

Micro Aero Autonomous Extremes

The University of West of England (uwe.ac.uk) and High Tech Bristol and Bath (hbb.org.uk) are collaborating to host MAAXX -Micro Aero Autonomous Extremes at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre on 11/12th February 2017.


For more details please go to:

or see poster:



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.