September Lecture – 2019

“The world’s fastest electric-powered aeroplane”

Thursday 19th September 2019

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: Matheu Parr, Programme Manager, ACCEL Programme, Rolls Royce

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

Synopsis

Matheu is responsible for the ACCEL programme which is aiming to be the worlds fastest electric aircraft: https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/our-stories/innovation/2018/introducing-accel.aspx.  The lecture will be an overall brief on the programme, the objectives, the challenges and what is coming next.

Branch AGM & April Lecture

Branch AGM

Thursday 4th April 2019

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

Please note Change of Venue from LT 1 to LT0

AGM starts at 7.15 pm

April Lecture
Guidance from Outer Space

Thursday 4th April 2019

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: John Pottle, Director, Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN)

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

Please note Change of Venue from LT 1 to LT0

Synopsis

Navigation and precise time are enabling our modern world. But just how accurate is GPS? Does Galileo make a big difference? Are there just too many satellites? How do you know if you’re being jammed or spoofed? Can the US turn off GPS? How do mobile devices provide position indoors?

In addition to addressing these questions, the talk will review the latest alternative and complementary positioning technologies, the use of “big data” techniques and augmented reality.

The talk will be pitched to be accessible to all, not only to those with technical knowledge.

2019 Sir Arthur Marshall Lecture

“The Empire Test Pilots’ School”

Thursday 7th February 2019

Lecture Starts at 6.00 pm
Post-Lecture Reception at 7.30 pm

Speakers: Cdr Stu Irwin RN, Commanding Officer, ETPS
                   Nick Lay, Operations Director, Air & Space Transformation, QinetiQ

Location: Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS.
NOTE: Parking is available all along Churchill Road and in the main car park at the end of that road.

Lecture Synopsis

After 75 years of training Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers, ETPS is undergoing a major transformation to ensure it stays at the forefront of Test and Evaluation training. Mr Nick Lay and Cdr Stu Irwin RN will explain the background to the programme, the strategy being followed and detail how new fleet aircraft were selected, the main capabilities they will offer and how they are being integrated into the new ETPS courses. They will explain how the new courses are being designed and produced and the exciting innovations and new technologies that are being applied. The structure and the main features of the new courses will be described before the main challenges, risks and issues are outlined.

Visitors Welcome, No Booking Required.