Further enhancement of aircraft performance: still a utopia?

The arrival of boundary layer control technologies is closer and closer! The brisk pace with which our climate is changing, and the increased awareness of the limitation of natural fossil fuels are making nations and supra-national organisations take measures to attempt to slow down the actual trend of global warming – the disastrous consequences of …

Aero engine efficiency: how far can we really get?

Current aero engine manufacturers are feeling increasing pressure from customers and public institutions to reduce fuel consumption. The need of airline companies to minimise operational costs, coupled with a general pressure to have “greener” engines (as clearly outlined in EU’s ACARE and US’s FAA targets), requires the aero engines industry to be one of the …

Image recognition on a UAV

Image recognition on a UAV As part of the Institute for Aerospace Technology’s INNOVATE project, the project team was tasked with the design and build of two fully autonomous UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems). The UAVs are described and demonstrated in the March 2014 INNOVATE blog. Researcher Christofas Stergianos explains how one …

INNOVATE Anniversary – A year in a nutshell

The INNOVATE project reached yet another milestone on completion of its 1 year on 4th Nov 2014. In many aspects this was a memorable year for everyone involved in the project. For the management board, it was the satisfaction and pride of witnessing their vision take a formal shape in form of the ongoing development …

How Do Aeroplanes Stay Stable in the Sky?

Many years of testing and implementing advanced technologies have passed, but most people still wonder how an airplane flies despite air travel representing such a popular mode of transport in the 21st century. In 1895 Lord Kelvin stated that ‘heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible’. It is safe to say that he has been proved definitively …

INNOVATE Launch Event

After almost 6 months since the INNOVATE adventure began, it was finally time to launch the project. As each individual INNOVATE team member is aligned to an industrial partner, with which we will spend 6 months on an industrial placement, it was decided that a good way to launch the project would be to invite …

Who said that doing a PhD course is a completely individual study?

What kind of image appears in your mind when you think of a PhD student? I experienced the first 6 months of a PhD course in Italy before moving here to join the INNOVATE project (a multi-disciplinary team of 13 early career researchers studying for their PhD). When I was in Italy and I said …

The Flight of The ‘Chaser’

After 3 months of painstaking work, the INNOVATE team has successfully flown the first of our two unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the first time. ‘Chaser’ (the name of the INNOVATE UAS) is a fixed-wing, 220 cm wingspan aircraft designed to fly and perform payload delivery missions autonomously. ”I was about to call you this …

Interview with ‘INNOVATE’ – A Multidisciplinary Scientist

Journalist: You’ve recently moved to Nottingham, more specifically The University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park on Jubilee Campus, how do you find it? INNOVATE: You could say that this will be my new home for the next 3 years. It’s great so far, I have almost completely adapted to the climate and the UK way of …