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University showcase research at Farnborough International Air Show 2018

Published: 13 July 2018
Farnborough International Air Show

The University is set to showcase its aerospace and defence expertise at the biennial Farnborough International Airshow, taking place this year from 16 - 22 July.

Based in the Innovation Zone (Hall 3, Stand 3492) our exhibition will focus on four main themes: autonomous systems, sensing, X-ray imaging and optoelectronics.

These themes are closely aligned with University plans to secure greater collaboration with the aerospace sector, where key growth areas for investment exist.

Emphasising these themes will enable us to showcase the expertise within our strategic research groups for Autonomous Systems and MENSUS (Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors) and promote our strengths in optoelectronics, photonics through the Zepler Institute and our capabilities through µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre in computed tomography. We also responding to the growing aerospace need for knowledge and skills in the fast-moving area of Through-life Engineering Services (TES).

Aerospace is a hugely important area for Southampton and we plan to showcase our extensive research at this important event. Undeniably the Airshow provides considerable opportunities to strengthen our industry relationships and present our expertise to the thousands of attendees.

Futures Day

Futures Day, on Friday 20 July, is one of the highlights of the Airshow calendar when the event opens its doors to over 5,000 younger people. It’s a chance for this audience to see the exciting career opportunities available in the Aerospace and Defence sectors, and participate in a variety of expert talks, educational activities, competitions and group work, all designed to raise awareness of related industries and careers.

Central to the day is the Innovation Zone, where students can experience aerospace technology of the future and meet with academic institutions. We will be demonstrating some of our activities in space science and technologies and flight experience linked to unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

With student recruitment a high priority and a new aeronautical electronics degree programme launching shortly, the Airshow provides considerable exposure to industry and prospective students. Keen to identify and support home grown talent in Hampshire, we have initiated direct contact with Hampshire schools, colleges, universities and youth groups to urge them to visit our stand and take advantage of the opportunities Farnborough presents.

Spotter flying display, day one.

ur Spotter UAV which flew at FI16 will be at our stand at the Innovation Zone.

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