Aerospace News, Late February, 2020

AEROSPACE  Passenger numbers are rising, and with it a realisation that growth cannot be sustained without reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions. Aviation contributes around six per cent of UK emissions and this is expected to rise to 25% by 2050, according to the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF). The same organisation says aviation is responsible for 2-2.5 per cent of global man-made CO2 emissions, and is expected to grow to between 4 and 15 per cent by 2050. In the world’s airports, the International Air ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late January, 2020

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has been making significant strides towards the augmentation of its electrification offering to the world via three important projects in Europe and the UK. Between seizing controlling interest in a Berlin-based electricity storage firm, pioneering a revolutionary electrical power system for the Ministry of Defence, and launching an advanced manufacturing hub for efficient jet engines in Bristol – and all in the first month of a new decade -Rolls-Royce could be said to be ‘taking charge’ of the EV marketplace. The “electric ... Read more

Aerospace and Defence News, December 2019

AEROSPACE  After the latest ESA ministerial conference, UK Space Agency confirms continued involvement and five-year spending plan The UK is to continue its active role as part of ESA, industry secretary Andrea Leadsom confirmed following the ministerial council meeting in Seville this week. As ESA is not part of the European Union’s organisations, the UK’s involvement is not affected by Brexit. https://www.theengineer.co.uk/uk-investing-esa/ ____________________ Airbus Defence and Space has invested in US-based battery technology company Amprius, to boost the development of new generation batteries based on silicon ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late October, 2019

AEROSPACE  A consortium of aircraft manufacturers has teamed up with Formula One to develop lightweight aircraft seating designed to help reduce CO2 emissions and secure the UK’s foothold in the £16bn aircraft interiors market. Formula One know-how combined with aerospace composites advanced manufacturing methods will be used to create a lightweight aircraft seating alternative that could vastly diminish carbon emissions and potentially save airlines millions of dollars each year. https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/aerospace-and-formula-one-team-up-to-create-innovative-new-aircraft-seating/ Read more

Aerospace News, September 2019

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has revealed that repairs to its Trent 1000 engines are taking longer than at first expected. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/eastmidlands/news/2029469-rolls-royce-reveals-fresh-delays-to-trent-100-engine-repairs Read more

Automotive News, August 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The chief executive of Vauxhall-owner PSA says it could move all production from its Ellesmere Port factory if Brexit makes it unprofitable. Carlos Tavares has said that the carmaker has alternatives to the plant which it could use. The move would probably lead to the closure of the site, threatening 1,000 jobs. That would leave Vauxhall's Luton-based van plant as its last presence in the UK. In June, the carmaker announced plans to manufacture the next generation of the Astra, its bestselling ... Read more

Aerospace News, August 2019

AEROSPACE Ryanair has reported a sharp fall in quarterly profits as it reduced fares to drive up passenger numbers. Profits fell 21% to €243m (£219m) for the three months to the end of June, as the average ticket price fell 6%. For more information on this story please follow the link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49149151 The Sopwith Camel, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Galileo satellite system were all built by the British aerospace industry, ensuring Britain has a trans-generational connection to aviation, having been a prime player ... Read more

Aerospace News, July 2019

AEROSPACE With economic uncertainty and unresolved Brexit issues on the horizon, it’s a troubling time for the UK’s aerospace industry. Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, has discussed some of the key issues, and how we can choose the right path to ensure stability. “No deal Brexit is the worst possible outcome, and our position has not changed since the referendum in 2016,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, the trade organisation representing more than 1,000 companies across the UK aerospace, defence, ... Read more

Aerospace News, March 2019

Imagine boarding a flight which enables a journey from London to Sydney to take only four-and-a-half hours? One UK-based company is building an engine to power aircraft for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere. Reaction Engines has devised a unique rocket engine, named Sabre, that could allow aircraft to fly much faster than traditional jets. Unlike jet engines, Sabre can also operate in a rocket mode outside of the atmosphere, and this could potentially offer the next generation of reusable space launch vehicles. Jet ... Read more

Aerospace News, February 2019

Airbus announced that it is ceasing production on its A380 jumbo aircraft 12 years after production started.  The aerospace manufacturer cited a “lack of airline demand” as the reason production of the A380 would end. Dubai’s Emirates airline, the largest A380 customer, is reducing its A380 order book from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to ... Read more
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