Members of the UK Aerospace Research Consortium (UK-ARC) representing the UK’s leading aerospace research universities are pleased to be supporting this week’s Farnborough International Airshow Connect (“Virtual Farnborough) programme through a series of technical presentations, careers events and panel sessions that showcase the universities as being a key part of the UK’s aerospace research capability.

Some examples of events during this week’s programme that are hosted by or include UK-ARC members are;

  • “Aircraft Cabin of the Future” – a 360 VR video by Dr Tom Budd (Cranfield University) – Friday 24th at 12:50
  • “Careers in Digital Aviation” – Panel Session hosted by Prof Graham Braithwaite (Cranfield University) and including representatives from Boeing and Blue Bear Systems Research – Friday at 13:10
  • “Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter Panel Session –  How do we maintain the focus on diversity and inclusion as the industry recovers from COVID-19” – Thursday 23rd at 9:45

In addition to the above formal events UK-ARC members are providing a full range of materials through the Farnborough website including; Technical insights, PhD research “snap shots” plus a variety of downloadable information.

UK-ARC continues to strive to serve the UK aerospace industry through world-leading research expertise and research infrastructure.  UK-ARC member universities also make a vital contribution to the aerospace skills supply chain by developing and supporting aerospace engineers key to the future of the UK’s aerospace sector.

The UK Aerospace Research Consortium brings together leading UK universities, acting collectively to facilitate high-level, strategic engagement with the UK aerospace sector on transformational aerospace research and coordinated access to the best of the UK research base. The UK-ARC members are:

The UK-ARC recently surveyed its members to assess the breadth and depth of multidisciplinary expertise and research activity which could be brought to bear to ensure a bio-safe flight environment should a future pandemic occur at some point in the future.

Nearly 60 areas of relevant expertise and research activity were identified such as the development of anti-viral surfaces using a myriad of strategies; sensor development for virus detection; advanced computational modelling, data analytics and artificial intelligence to track the spread of pathogens; new techniques for passenger tracking and monitoring safe distances; future bio-safe cabin concepts; rapid disinfection strategies, cyber and hardware security and agile, and rapid manufacturing strategies for sudden high demand PPE and medical equipment provision.

By adopting a whole system approach to this challenge, other areas of expertise offered by the consortium include policy development for workforce protection and safe operating practices, labour laws, mitigation strategies for workplace stress, mental health, and behavioural science.

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