US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, has been commissioned. It is the most expensive warship ever built. The $12.9 billion vessel is the first in a new generation of aircraft carriers, featuring a host of changes over the current Nimitz-class fleet. The Ford is the lead ship in the US Navy’s new class of super carriers. Two nuclear reactors power the 1,092ft-long warship, allowing it to cruise at 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour). Its new technologies include electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones, a system that replaces steam catapults. The carrier has been … Continue reading US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

#Airbus Perlan II glider aims for new heights and rare scientific data – an annotated infographic

The Airbus-sponsored Perlan II mission is in Argentina for a second year of flight operations in a bid to set a new glider altitude record by riding so-called “mountain waves” created by powerful gusts of wind over the Andes Mountains. The team hopes to reach a height of 16,700 metres using a custom-built pressurized sailplane – breaking the current glider record set by Perlan I in 2006 – while also gathering valuable scientific data on high altitude flight and climate change. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Airbus Perlan II glider aims for new heights and rare scientific data – an annotated infographic

Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

Later this month it will be the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Interstellar Mission launch. Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched in August 1977 to take advantage of a favourable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft – sent in opposite directions – have been exploring interstellar space ever since. Voyager 1 and 2 have explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; 48 of their moons; and the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess. By the time of the anniversary, Voyager 1 will have traveled … Continue reading Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

IET events this August – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

This summer the IET is offering lots of great networking opportunities for young engineers. Around the world, there are a number of IET social events underway this month, designed for local engineering students, apprentices and professional engineers to meet and network. This includes a chance for students in Melbourne to meet with local employers, as well as IET Auckland’s annual networking dinner. In addition to seminars and courses on offer to members and non-members alike, there are also several technical visits taking place, including a trip to Hong Kong’s first smart care home and University College London’s Pedestrian Accessibility Movement … Continue reading IET events this August – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

IET events this July – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

A large variety of IET events are taking place throughout the month of July, with members and non-members alike invited to take part in lectures, seminars, courses and technical visits. UK highlights include a trip behind the scenes of the Great Blackenham Energy-from-waste site, technical lectures on 2-shot molding, the Airlander and healthcare technologies, plus several foundation and advanced Prince2 training courses. Further afield, July sees career workshops in Geneva, conferences in Madrid, seminars and technical visits across Australia and even hiking trips in Hong Kong. Below are some of the IET event highlights for July, but to find out … Continue reading IET events this July – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

Airbus to fit deployable flight data recorders – an annotated infographic

Airbus will fit new fixed and deployable combined flight data and voice recorders as standard on long-range aircraft starting in 2019 in a bid to make it easier to find aircraft wreckage in the event of an accident over the sea. Honestly, given the significant loss of life in on-water plane crashes, you have to wonder how this has been so long in coming. Where on earth is Flight MH370? L3 Aviation Products will design and manufacture a lighter and more compact fixed, crash-protected cockpit voice and data recorder (CVDR), which will be able to record up to 25 hours … Continue reading Airbus to fit deployable flight data recorders – an annotated infographic

Firth of Forth Queensferry Crossing to open – an annotated infographic

The new Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth is scheduled to open to road traffic after several delays. The 2.7km structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. It forms part of Scotland’s east coast transport corridor and runs alongside the venerable Forth Rail Bridge and Forth Road Bridge, which will be dedicated to public transport, cycling and walking. It surely is one heck of a bridge. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Firth of Forth Queensferry Crossing to open – an annotated infographic