January Lecture 2020

“Was the RAF Ready for War in 1939?”

Thursday 16th January 2020

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: Greg Baughen

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

Synopsis

The early 20th century was a time of dramatic change in military technology and thinking. The arrival of the internal combustion engine had triggered the development of revolutionary weapons, chief among them the tank and the aircraft. Could these new weapons win wars? How would future wars be fought? Had Britain started to prepare for war too late?  Was the RAF preparing for the right war?

 

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.