Nottingham flies high at Farnborough

The University of Nottingham is joining big names in aerospace and defence at an important event in the industry’s calendar

The Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) — an internationally leading centre for aerospace research at the University — will exhibit at the Farnborough International Airshow, where it will showcase its research, commercial collaborations and new doctoral training centre.

Hundreds of exhibitors from around the world will take part in the week-long event, which has designated days for trade visitors and the general public.

Early stage PhD researchers from the IAT’s multidisciplinary INNOVATE programme will make their Farnborough debut on the general public days (18-20 July), where they will unveil their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which they created as part of their studies, and present their project. 

Coming from different engineering and scientific backgrounds, the researchers were able to pool their expertise, while learning from each other by developing their own experience in other areas of aerospace technology.        

Nottingham is the only university to be an associate member in its own right in the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, which seeks to develop novel technologies in aerospace that will have a major impact from a cost and environmental perspective, for example, by replacing pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical power with electrically-driven components as part of the Systems for Green Operation programme.  

Professor Hervé Morvan, Director of Institute for Aerospace Technology, said: “The aerospace industry is growing at a phenomenal rate. By 2030, it’s estimated there will be 27,000 new aircraft in the skies, worth around $3.7 trillion. It’s essential to today’s global community, bringing cultures together and creating powerful economic growth with $425 billion to the world’s annual GDP.

“Our world-class, multidisciplinary research is key to driving the technology forward, across all areas of air transport and what we are able to offer commercial partners is truly unique. Farnborough is the perfect platform to showcase our expertise, as our work bridges the gap between traditional academic research and the level of technology readiness at which industry can start to adopt novel results and technologies for internal development and exploitation.”

Photo credit: University of Nottingham 

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