UMARI Newsletter - August 2012 Edition
The latest edition of the UMARI newsletter is now available for download.
University of Manchester students win top aerospace prize
A team of Manchester students picked up first prize at IT FLIES UK 2012, a competition run by the Merlin Flight Simulation Group. Ramy Mesalam, Abdullah Desai and Stuart Garthwaite won £800 and the Harrier Trophy for their lightweight training aircraft. The team also picked up a prize for Best New Aircraft Design, for which they got rewarded flying lessons sponsored by AOPA. More information
Clean Sky 13th Call for Proposals
The 13th call for proposals for Clean Sky has launched, with a deadline for proposals on 18th October. This is the final call for 2012
Press: "Top British Space experts visit Israel"
UMARI Deputy Director Kostas Kontis was among British experts invited to attend a one-day workshop organised by the UK Space Agency and the Science and Innovation team at the Embassy, together with ISERD – The Israel Europe R&D Directorate. The visit goal was to help identify potential partners to collaborate in joint applications on this sector for the coming call for proposals from the European 7th Framework Programme, expected to be published shortly. Full press release
Conference - International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Intergrity, Jerusalem
Registration is now open, and abstracts are being accepted for ICAF 2013, to be held in Jerusalem from 3rd - 7th June. ICAF is an international conference covering all aspects of aeronautical fatigue and structural integrity. Conference website
Aerodynamics Centre Initial Projects Announced
The initial projects total £28.2 million of government investment allocated to six innovative new projects in the area of aerodynamics - five Research & Technology projects and one project with a capital grant – with a further £20 million of matched industry investments. The projects are Advanced Integrated Wing Optimisation (AIWO), Structural Technology Maturity (STeM), Integrated Turboprop Propulsion Systems (ITPS, Experimental Aerodynamics (ExpAERO), Aircraft Research Association Research & Development (ARA R&D) and Aircraft Research Association Capital Equipment (ARA CE). Press release
ASTRAEA Magazine Launch
The ASTRAEA programme has published its first magazine. The ASTRAEA programme has taken an integrated systems approach to addressing the challenge of introducing UAS into all classes of non-segregated airspace in an incremental manner. By the end of the programme, the technology projects will have taken our capability in Autonomous Systems to a new level and strongly positioned the UK to exploit this exciting new market.
Increased Government funding for aerospace and manufacturing projects
A new £80 million package to keep the UK at the forefront of advances in aerospace and advanced manufacturing was announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable on 21st June 2012. The Government is investing £25 million, with business, led by Rolls-Royce, providing a further £40 million, for a series of collaborative research and technology projects. SAMULET II (Strategic Affordable Manufacturing in the UK through Leading Environmental Technology) will investigate new manufacturing processes aimed at increasing productivity and making the best use of resources. The Government will separately invest £15 million in new capital equipment for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult - part of a Government backed network of technology and innovation centres - which will assist projects such as these across the advanced manufacturing sector. Department for Business Skills and Innovation press release
Event - 2012 Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN Showcase
Registration is now open for AAD KTN Showcase, which will take place in Glasgow from 9-10th October. This event will be a great opportunity to network with other universities, as well as aerospace and defence companies. Topics of discussion will involve Catapult centres (formerly Technology Innovation Centres) and the UK Aerodynamics Centre. Registration form
Press: "Thermal imaging camera helps improve hypersonic aerodynamic designs"
UMARI Deputy Director Kostas Kontis was recently involved with a feature regarding a a thermal imaging camera helps improve hypersonic aerodynamic designs, which is now available to read (pdf).
TSB High Value Manufacturing strategy published
The TSB High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Strategy was launched this week by Iain Gray at the third National Manufacturing Debate at Cranfield University. The main theme of the event was "Enhancing the Supply Chain for Growth". Visit the website for more information or download the document (pdf).
Webinar - Aeronautics Calls 2012 and Beyond
Slides from the AAD KTN webinar concerning Aeronautics Calls in 2012 and beyond including further information on FP7, Horizon 2020, Aeronautics and Air Transport Working Programme 2013, Clean Sky and more, are now available.
£60m for Aerodynamics Centre
Chancellor George Osborne announced a £60m commitment to an Aerodynamics Centre. This is the first output of the Aerospace Growth Partnership. The investment will be spread over two years, £10m to upgrade facilities and £50m resource funding for delivering the research.
New Catapult Centres Announced
The Technology Strategy Board have announced the next Catapult Centres (formerly Technology Innovation Centres) will be in future cities and transport systems. These join the five Catapult Centres that were previously announced; high value manufacturing, offshore renewable energy, cell therapy, satellite applications and connected digital economy. All Catapults are expected to be fully operational in 2013.
Opportunity - Aerospace and Defence Roadshow
Now in its 5th year, the ADS supported Aerospace and Defence roadshow will be touring various companies in September. This represents an opportunity for you to take your products and services directly to the customer on board an amazing exhibition vehicle and meet with the Engineering, Purchasing and Senior Management Teams directly on their premises. Companies include Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Selex, Thales, Goodrich, GE Aviation, Cobham, Qinetiq, MBDA, BAE Systems and L3 Comms. Email John Aldridge at Dream Marketing if you wish to participate.
Grant Success - Regional Growth Fund: GAMMA Project
The University of Manchester has been involved in a successful bid for funding to develop jobs in the area of Autonomous Systems in the North West. GAMMA (Growing Autonomous Systems Mission Management Applications) is a technology and next generation supply chain development programme led by North West Aerospace Alliance in partnership with BAE Systems and North West Universities Manchester. Liverpool, Lancaster, Salford, Central Lancashire and the National Nuclear Laboratories. Click here for the full NWAA press release.
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