• News story: Combined Joint Atlantic Serpent 18 follow up

    Regular and Reserve personnel from the Defence Medical Services (DMS) have just completed a successful 14 day exercise delivering multinational deployed hospital care at the Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC) in Strensall, York.The Surgeon General, Lt Gen Martin Bricknell speaks from the exercise:Joint Atlantic SerpentJoint Atlantic Serpent video transcript(ODT, 5.71KB)
    250 medical personnel took part, of which 60 came from the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway and Estonia.The UK
  • This week’s poll: what is the future of Bloodhound?

    How should the Bloodhound SSC land-speed record project proceed?Take Our PollBloodhound completed low-speed testing a year agoAs The Engineer reported yesterday, Bloodhound SSC, the project to break the world land-speed record and subsequently raise it to 1000 miles an hour, has hit financial trouble and gone into administration. Without an injection of new funding, the project will be unable to take the mostly-completed car to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa for its scheduled high-speed runs next
  • Design thinking: Lack of design data is hampering innovation

    Research from BCGDV and Matmatch has found that 80 per cent of materials research starts with Google. Heiko Wildner asks if this is this preventing engineers from thinking out of the boxEngineers can no longer rely on intuition and experience to solve design problems. With product life cycles continuing to shrink and trends like additive manufacturing rapidly evolving, the pressure for companies to bring cutting-edge products to market is at an all-time high.
    When deciding what materials to use,
  • PICTURES: UK trials unique carrier landing technique with F-35B

    The UK has for the first time tested an experimental shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) technique at sea using a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning.
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  • Lightweight haptic glove gets to grips with virtual touch

    Swiss researchers have developed a haptic glove that weighs just eight grams and can mimic the sensation of touching and grasping objects.(Credit: Marc Delachaux / EPFL)Known as DextrES, the device was designed and built by engineers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich. With a thickness of just 2mm, the nylon glove compares favourably to existing haptic devices that are bulky and unwieldy. It is capable of generating up to 40 Newtons of holding
  • Last week’s poll: limiting global warming to 1.5° C

    What should be the priority for action to meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommended maximum temperature rise to minimise the effects of global warming?Last week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommended “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.
    According to the IPCC, this would require changing the way we use and develop land, energy, industry
  • INTERVIEW: Bringing combat experience to weapons programmes

    Jack Roosa's father, Stuart, was command module pilot for Apollo 14, so a career in aerospace was a natural choice for the younger Roosa, who from a very young age dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. Having fulfilled his ambition, he is now Raytheon's programme director for the Joint Standoff Weapon missile programme.
  • SleepGuard works with smartwatch sensors for a good night’s sleep

    Software developed in the UK and China could soon help people get a good night’s sleep.SleepGuard software is said to take advantage of sensor data provided by smartwatches to monitor wearers’ sleep patterns. SleepGuard is also claimed to estimate sleep quality and provide users with advice on how to sleep better.
    In use, SleepGuard tracks non-biomedical factors such as body movements, sounds related to sleep disorders, and ambient lighting. So far, the device has been tested on 15
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  • ​PICTURE: Dassault Falcon 2000MSA ready for Japan coast guard

    Dassault has released an image at NBAA of the first Falcon 2000 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) for the Japanese coast guard.
  • News story: Defence Secretary to launch report warning of future threats to UK

    The ‘Future Starts Today’ report indicates that the world has reached a critical point in the need to tackle the evolution of threats faced in the current climate.Welcoming the report, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:This report makes clear that we are living in a world becoming rapidly more dangerous, with intensifying challenges from state aggressors who flout the rules, terrorists who want to harm our way of life and the technological race with our adversaries. Identifying
  • More than 80% of F-35s returned to flight operations after inspections

    After completing inspections, more than 80 percent of operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft flown by US services and international partners have been cleared for flight operations.
  • News story: Team UK heads to Sydney for the Invictus Games 2018

    A team of 72 wounded, injured and sick current and former military personnel have departed from London Heathrow for Sydney, Australia to represent the UK in the fourth Invictus Games.Competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 medal sports with events being staged across Sydney, including at Sydney Olympic Park and in Sydney Harbour. The event will begin with an opening ceremony on 20 October at the Sydney Opera House.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:I wish all of our UK competitors th
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  • L3 and Harris reveal merger plan amid consolidation efforts

    US aerospace suppliers L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation have disclosed plans to merge their businesses as the latest round of industry consolidation heats up.
  • News story: Dstl: Supporting innovation for MOD’s next generation air defence systems

    The 20-year project resulted in a multi-million pound contract awarded to MBDA to build the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), which has the capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats.In May, the Royal Navy completed its acceptance firing trials, resulting in an initial operating capability for HMS Argyll, with the Army land system also recently completing a successful firing from a pre-production launch vehicle. S
  • Bloodhound supersonic car project goes into administration

    The company behind Bloodhound SSC, the British effort to build a 1000 mph supersonic car, has announced that the project has gone into administration.  
    Founded in 2007 by Richard Noble and Andy Green (who set the existing land speed record of 763.035 mph with ThrustSSC back in 1997) the project aims  to hit speeds of 1000 mph at a specially built, 18km long, 1500m wide race track at Hakskeen Pan in the deserts of the Northern Cape of South Africa.
    As previously reported by The En
  • Protests in Lancashire as Cuadrilla fracking set to resume

    Anti-fracking activists have attempted to disrupt activities at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool after Cuadrilla operations were given the go-ahead to resume by UK courts.Fracking at Preston New Road has been suspended for the past seven years after initial work caused a serious of seismic tremors. Last Friday saw an environmental campaigner lose his high court battle to prevent Cuadrilla from resuming operations, with work due to begin again on Monday 15 October. The company had planned
  • Autonomous UAVOS pseudo-satellite makes successful test flights

    A solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to operate autonomously as a pseudo-satellite for up to a year at a time, has successfully completed its first stage of flight tests.Developed by Silicon Valley-based UAVOS, the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) ApusDuo features dual parallel wings covered in solar panels, with the wings connected by three struts. The 10m wings on the current porotype can be controlled by on-board algorithms, bending to take advantage of weather conditions and
  • Shortlist Preview: C2I 2018 – a celebration of collaboration 

    The shortlisted finalists for The Engineer’s 2018 Collaborate To Innovate awards highlight the strength and depth of UK engineering innovation 
    Now in its third year, Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) was launched to uncover inspiring examples of UK engineering collaboration and highlight the way in which engineers from different sectors and disciplines are working together to address some of society’s most fundamental challenges.
    It’s fair to say that over the past three year
  • PICTURE: Aero Vodochody rolls out first L-39NG

    Aero Vodochody rolled out its first L-39NG jet trainer on 12 October, four years after the Prague-based company announced that it was to launch a new-generation version of its single-engined design.
  • Researchers take inspiration from KGB to develop context aware devices

    Innovative new methods for analysing sound and vibrations could lead to a new generation of context-aware devices able to detect what’s happening around them, according to a research group from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US.The group’s work – which is being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Berlin – centres on two approaches: one which makes innovative use of the microphones presen
  • Turkey signs for more Anka UAVs

    Turkish Aerospace has secured a new, 22-unit order for its Anka medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle from the nation's armed forces.
  • ​China’s Z-19E attack helicopter set for batch production: report

    The export version of AVIC s Z-19 reconnaissance/attack helicopter is ready to start batch production following various tests.
  • PICTURES: Tyndall Air Force Base suffers severe damage from Hurricane Michael

    Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, home to an F-22 training wing and a number of QF-16 target drones, suffered major and extensive damage after Hurricane Michael slammed into the military installation as a Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 150mph.
  • News story: Armed Forces Minister bolsters UK-Italy defence partnership

    The Defence Minister highlighted how our Armed Forces’ can work closer together at a Protection of Cultural Heritage event, before further discussing future co-operation with Italian Defence partners.Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:European security is UK security and we are strengthening our defence partnership with Italy, a key NATO ally. Our two countries cooperate on a wide range of shared security challenges, from threats to valuable cultural property to countering c
  • News story: 250,000 veterans helped into new careers

    In the two decades since its launch, a quarter of a million service leavers have been supported in the next stage of their careers by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), a partnership between the MOD and Right Management Ltd.The CTP offers one-to-one career guidance, vocational training, events, networking and employment opportunities to serving personnel for up to two years before they leave the Armed Forces, supporting them as they prepare to enter the civilian workplace or further educat
  • News story: Defence launches new strategy to boost diversity and inclusion

    The strategy will build on work that has already been undertaken to ensure that diversity and inclusion is a major part of all of Defence’s work, including in its workforce policies, culture and behaviours.It sets out what kind of organisation the MOD and the armed forces aims to be: inclusive, representative and a force for inclusion.A focus on diversity and inclusion will enable Defence to:build stronger, more cohesive teams and improve decision making by harnessing the diversity of thou
  • Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot performs parkour

    In the latest eye-catching demonstration of its somewhat unsettling technological prowess, robotics specialist Boston Dynamics has unveiled footage of its humanoid Atlas robot performing parkour.  In the video, the 1.5 metre tall battery-powered robot – which was originally developed as part of a DARPA  (United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded project  – can be seen running, jumping over a log, and powering up a series of 40cm high steps
  • World’s fastest camera captures 10 trillion frames per second

    US and Canadian researchers have used ultrashort laser pulses to develop a camera capable of shooting 10 trillion frames in a second.
    (Credit: INRS)The team, from Quebec University’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), claim the camera is the world’s fastest. Known as T-CUP, the device effectively makes it possible to freeze time and see how phenomena such as light itself behaves in hyper-slow motion.
    As a starti
  • News story: Graves of 2 soldiers rededicated 100 years after they were killed in World War 1

    The resting places of Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Norman Frederic Surry and Private (Pte) George Skilbeck have been marked a century after their deaths in the Great War. The rededication service took place on 10 October at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery near Cambrai in northern France.The service was organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Business Services, and was conducted by the Reverend Tim Flowers
  • Aeralis launches funding effort for 'modular' military trainer

    A start-up behind a modular family of military jet trainers it plans to build in the UK has until the end of November to raise 1 million [$1.32 million] through crowdfunding to design a concept fuselage demonstrator in time for September s DSEI defence show in London.
  • Calling engineers: help shape the future of engineering engagement

    Inspiring the next generation of engineers has never been more important, but what does effective engineering engagement look like? Come and find out and join the debate at This is Engineering Engagement, a free one day event on Friday 16th November at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
    The need to engage and inspire the next generation to consider a career in engineering is one of industry’s most talked about challenges.
    There is widespread agreement on the need to tackle this ch
  • Second F-22 crash landing in 2018

    A Lockheed Martin F-22 coming in for a landing at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska crash landed and skidded across the runway, the second incident with the aircraft type this year.
  • Worldwide F-35 fleet grounded temporarily for inspections related to crash

    The worldwide fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft were grounded for inspections after a problem with the aircraft s engine fuel tube was discovered, which is believed to be related to the first crash of the stealth fighter a few weeks ago.
  • The Tommy Robinson photos show how far right the British army is | Joe Glenton

    There are good reasons why soldiers seemed so excited to see – and be seen with – Britain’s most notorious bigotThe truth about the relationship between some smiling young infantrymen – one of whom it is reported will be discharged from the army – and far-right “patriot” Tommy Robinson is unknown, and, as a former defence journalist versed in Ministry of Defence spin, I predict that when the military gives its account the facts will be no clearer. Yet se
  • Tiger helicopter upgrade enters de-risking phase

    Europe's OCCAR defence procurement agency has placed two multinational de-risking contracts linked to a planned mid-life upgrade for the Airbus Helicopters Tiger, which will bring the attack platform to an enhanced Mk III standard.
  • Student engineers encouraged to enter Engineering for People Design Challenge

    Engineers Without Borders UK has launched the 2018-19 Engineering for People Design Challenge, a competition that encourages engineering undergraduates to hone their skills in solving real-world problems.
    Taking place at over 30 Universities in the UK and Ireland, the challenge involves over 6,500 engineering students who are required to effectively communicate their ideas as they develop them.
    Katie Cresswell-Maynard, chief executive of Engineers Without BordersKatie Cresswell-Maynard (pictured
  • IMechE Design Challenge sees Durham and Brunel students honoured

    The 2018 Design Challenge has seen Durham and Brunel Universities crowned as champions in their respective categories.
    Middlesex students at the 2017 event (Credit: Middlesex University)Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the event saw more than 2,000 first and second-year engineering undergraduates taking part this year. Teams of up to five were tasked with designing, building, testing and presenting a mechanical device based on a predefined technical specification. This y
  • Spectroscopy technique shines new light on blood glucose levels for diabetics

    Non-invasive technology that monitors blood glucose levels with spectroscopy has been found to work as well as finger prick tests that require a small sample of blood, researchers claim.
    Raman spectroscopy blood glucose monitor (credit: MIT)Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently evaluated the accuracy of the MIT-developed technology.
    The study, Evaluation of accuracy dependence of Raman spectroscopic models on t
  • The engineering challenges of fitting out Crossrail’s stations

    Stuart Nathan looks at the engineering challenges involved in the final part of Crossrail – fitting out the interiors of the Elizabeth Line stations
    The Engineer has followed Crossrail, the mammoth engineering project to connect London’s outer suburbs to the east and west of the city, running through Essex and Berkshire, by driving a new tunnel under the city to connect the mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington, from the moments the enormous tunnel boring machines bega
  • Video of the week: Black Night enters battle for tank contract

    This week’s video comes from BAE Systems, which is leading a team bidding to upgrade the army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank.The Ministry of Defence wants to keep Challenger 2 in service until 2035, so the BAE System-led team have come up with a range of modifications aimed at keeping the battle proven platform viable.
    These include an active protection system that detects and automatically mitigates against incoming anti-tank missiles or armour penetrating rounds; and a laser warni
  • Video of the week: Black Knight enters battle for tank contract

    This week’s video comes from BAE Systems, which is leading a team bidding to upgrade the army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank.The Ministry of Defence wants to keep Challenger 2 in service until 2035, so the BAE System-led team have come up with a range of modifications aimed at keeping the battle proven platform viable.
    These include an active protection system that detects and automatically mitigates against incoming anti-tank missiles or armour penetrating rounds; and a laser warni
  • Leonardo, Thales combine for counter-missile success

    Leonardo and Thales have successfully demonstrated a next-generation self-protection system suitable for integration on military helicopters and transport aircraft.
  • Hubble placed in safe mode as gyro issues investigated

    The Hubble Space Telescope has entered safe mode after complications with the instrument’s gyroscopes arose last week, according to NASA.
    A statement issued by the US space agency said that Hubble entered safe mode on Friday, October 5, after one of the three gyros currently used to position the telescope failed. Six new gyros were installed during a servicing mission in 2009, three of which have now malfunctioned. According to NASA, the latest failure was not unexpected, as the gyro &ldqu
  • UK engineers develop tiny camera for imaging inside veins and arteries

    In a claimed “watershed moment” for intravascular surgery, engineers at Cambridge Consultants have developed a prototype high-definition camera able to provide a detailed view of the inside of veins and arteries.The advanced imaging technology, called ‘Leap’, builds on the latest generation of sub-millimetre cameras developed by US firm Omnivision.
    The camera is based on a so-called “chip-on-tip” architecture, in which the imaging sensor is located at the dist
  • Press release: IWT conference 2018: new funding for counter-poaching training in Africa

    On the first day of the fourth international Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London (Thursday, 11 October 2018), £900,000 of new funding has been announced to develop a new British military counter-poaching taskforce.The announcement builds on the significant success of, and lessons learned from, the UK’s previous work to train rangers in Gabon and Malawi.Operatives will be deployed to train African park rangers in more effective and safer counter-poaching techniques. The projec
  • Soyuz makes emergency landing following booster failure

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has landed safely in Kazakhstan following a mid-air failure of its booster rockets while heading for the International Space Station.
    NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin of Russian space agency Roscosmos have survived the emergency landing according to Russian media reports. The Soyuz MS-10 took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9.40am UK time.
    According to NASA, the vehicle returned to Earth via a ‘ballistic descent’, w
  • ​Dassault seeks to quell Indian Rafale media furore

    Dassault Aviation has stated that it freely chose Reliance Industries as its joint venture in India, amid media reports that it did so at the behest of the Narendra Modi government.
  • USAF faces challenges to grow fleet, boost readiness

    The US Air Force faces challenges both increasing operational squadrons by 24% to 386 by 2025-2030, as it competes for funds with the US Army and Navy, which are also attempting to grow and modernize their equipment.
  • They shoot horses, don’t they – but not if disguised | Letter

    Bruce Vivash Jones on a successful move to camouflage horses during the first world warWhile the disguising of animals in general has to be seen as deplorable (Fake penguins and other zoo deceptions, G2, 4 October), there was once a possibly unique exception. When the 1914 war started, the British forces in Kenya suddenly found their border with German Tanganyika (now Tanzania) had become a frontline. The British mounted troops had many grey horses, which proved to be easy targets for German sni
  • News story: UK troops deploy on largest NATO exercise in a decade

    Hundreds of UK troops have arrived in the Netherlands today as part of an epic 2,500km road move to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s flagship exercise in 2018.In Norway, 2,700 UK personnel will contribute to the large-scale and complex exercise which will test NATO’s most important founding principle of collective defence in an article 5 scenario – when an attack on one is an attack on all.With some 150 aircraft, 40,000 participants and 10,000 vehicles, this is the

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