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Farnborough air show trip

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Jess in the cockpit of an Airbus A400M

Jess in the cockpit of an Airbus A400M

As recently mentioned on the CSCT news, DTC students Jessica Sharpe and Rhodri Jenkins won a trip to Farnborough Airshow as special guests of CSCT partner EADS.

Here's a short report on the experience from Jess:

On the 13th July, I attended Farnborough International Airshow as a guest of EADS after winning a poster competition. The morning was spent wandering around the various stalls and exhibitions, my favourite of which were a remote controlled robotic arm designed for use in space, an unmanned aerial vehicle display, and a talk from Paolo Nespoli, an astronaut who had travelled into space abroad the Space Shuttle Discovery.

From there I went to the EADS hospitality area, where I was provided with a fantastic lunch alongside members of the EADS Innovation Works UK. Following this, we got taken on private tours of the EADS aircraft, the Vulcan and the new A400M, and then were taken into the press
area where we could sit on the balcony and watch the flying displays. All in all it was a very successful day which I enjoyed greatly.


Partner profile (industrial): EADS Innovation Works


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EADS are a major force in the global aerospace and defence industry. They are fully committed to embedding sustainability into their company culture, with eco-efficiency as a core part of their corporate strategy.

Three PhD projects and two MRes projects this year are being supported by EADS, focusing on sustainable production of aircraft fuel. The investigations include:

  • Production of lipids from yeasts and algae suitable as a feedstock for a biojet fuel;
  • Chemical upgrading of biomass to produce high performance fuels and additives;
  • Hydrogen storage on aircraft; and
  • Pathways to dealing with on-aircraft emissions.

EADS are providing financial support, sponsoring student internships, granting access to a wide range of their partners and providing technical expertise and advice.

Professor John Price, Executive Advisor for EADS Innovation Works, holds full industrial membership of the DTC Strategic Advisory Board.

EADS values its longstanding relationship with the University. The DTC offers additional opportunities to build on this in key areas of sustainability, including:

  • Alternative fuels, and effects of operating with them
  • Renewable energy
  • Advanced and novel energy storage
  • Improved chemical processes to reduce waste and energy use
  • Production from renewable feedstocks

EADS also anticipates opportunities for multidiscipline evolution of research within the university, enabling transfer of technology with other disciplines, industries and universities, perhaps exploiting links with existing high value projects and with established and new industry partners.