Author Archives: Jin-Hyun Yu

November Lecture 2017 – Joint IMechE & IET

“Gravitational Waves, LISA and LISA Pathfinder “

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Light Refreshments served from 7.00 pm

Speaker: Dr Christian Trenkel, Airbus UK

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

Almost exactly 100 years after they were first predicted by Einstein, gravitational waves were finally observed for the first time on the ground, and just three months later LISA Pathfinder was launched to pave the way for future gravitational wave observations from space. In this talk, some of the motivation behind the century old quest to observe gravitational waves is reviewed, and it is shown that the case for LISA has never been stronger. Finally, the recent in-flight results obtained by LISA Pathfinder are presented and discussed in the context of LISA.

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The lecture titles and dates are booked well in advance but are subject to change.

 

October Lecture 2017

“Graphene Technology”

Thursday 12th October 2017

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Light Refreshments served from 7.00 pm

Speaker: Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari, Cambridge University, Nano Materials Centre of Excellence

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

 

The lecture titles and dates are booked well in advance but are subject to change.

 

September Lecture 2017

“SR-71, Technology of Mach 3+”

Thursday 14th September 2017

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Light Refreshments served from 7.00 pm

Speaker: Col. Richard Graham, USAF (Ret.)

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘1’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

Lecture Synopsis

Col. Richard Graham will present a talk on the technology that enabled the SR-71 to travel at speeds of Mach 3+.

The world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft was conceived as early as 1958 by the renowned aircraft engineer, Kelly Johnson. The gigantic leap in technology he and his engineers had to overcome at the Lockheed “Skunk Works” was phenomenal. Built in total secrecy, the first Blackbird flew on April 26, 1962. The Blackbird’s only purpose was to gather highly classified intelligence on hostile countries around the world. Flying at Mach 3+ speeds and cruising at over 85,000 feet, the SR-71 could survey over 100,000 square miles every hour, gathering millions of bits of intelligence. When cruising at over 2,200 mph, with skin friction temperatures reaching 600 degrees F., the SR-71 performed at its very best.

From 1967 to 1990, the SR-71 served seven U.S. Presidents, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon and other government agencies. It provided them with the necessary intelligence to make crucial political and military decisions during the Cold War era.