Innovation in Aerospace, a conference to be held next week at the Royal Academy of Engineering, will see speakers from some of the world's top aerospace companies showcase a selection of their most recent innovations and outline their visions for the future of the sector.

The Innovation in Aerospace conference, organised in collaboration with the Royal Aeronautical Society, will be held on Wednesday 4 June, 1300-1700, at the Academy.

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Speakers will challenge the conventional paradigm with presentations ranging from electric aircraft propulsion, revolutionary blends of aerodynamics and buoyancy, the challenges of widespread unmanned flight and next-generation engines designed to reduce environmental impact.

The conference will open with a statement for the UK aerospace industry by the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), a strategic partnership between government and industry established to secure the future of the UK aerospace industry.

Thanks to the AGP's activities, the UK has a new Aerospace Technology Institute to drive innovation, a National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme to support the supply chain, and an Aerospace MSc Bursaries scheme to create more qualified aerospace engineering professionals to support the industry.

On the theme of 'green' aircraft, speakers will look at the engineering behind new environmentally friendly planes, such as the fully electric Airbus E-Fan, that will go into full production in 2017 and the hybrid aircraft Airlander, an innovative vehicle with a high payload, range and vertical take-off capability that could potentially revolutionise cargo flight and disaster relief.

Unmanned flight is also on the agenda with a talk from ASTRAEA, the industry-led consortium that works to bring autonomous aircrafts in civil airspace, on the implications of airliner-sized unmanned aircraft sharing commercial airspace with conventional flights.

NATS, the provider of air traffic control to the UK, will also update the Academy on improvements to their procedures and the way they have implemented new technologies to safely manage over 6,000 flights a day in the country's airspace and how air traffic control can help reducing the environmental impact of flight.

Other presentations will cover the next generation of Rolls-Royce more environmentally friendly engines and new materials for aerospace.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: "Aerospace is one of the jewels in the crown of the UK's advanced engineering and manufacturing sector. The UK designs, manufactures and assembles some of the most technologically complex and valuable parts of today's airliners, including the wings, engines and advanced aircraft systems. We are also one of only a handful of nations with the capability to design and manufacture advanced helicopters.

"As this conference will hear, the industrial need to reduce costs and environmental impact means that the next generations of aircraft need to be based on new technologies that tackle these issues. The ability of UK industry to develop and apply these technologies will be crucial to the future of the sector."

Innovation in Aerospace, part of the Academy's Engineering for Growth campaign, showcases the innovative character of British engineering and the contribution it makes to the UK's economy and to everyday life.

Engineering for Growth website

Notes for editors

  1. Innovation in Aerospace is the seventh in a series of "Innovation in..." conferences run by the Royal Academy of Engineering exploring the roots of modern innovation in important business and industrial sectors. Previous conferences have covered innovation in construction, in business systems, in the automotive sector, energy and in medical devices.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.
  3. Engineering for Growth is a partnership campaign to demonstrate the contribution of engineering to the UK economy and society. This involves promoting the economic impact and societal benefits delivered by engineering; raising awareness of the issues that explore how engineering could make a bigger contribution; and increasing the profile of EfG partners and supporters' activities that will help create growth in the economy.

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0655
Email: Giorgio De Faveri

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