Three ExoMars prototype rovers exist, Bruno, Bridget and Bryan. One of these amazing machines will be on display and roving around a simulated Martian surface at the 2019 Air Tattoo!
ExoMars is a space mission initiated by ESA to look for life on Mars. The ExoMars rover, a robotic Mars vehicle, is currently under final development by Airbus Defence and Space. On 7 February 2019 British Astronaut Tim Peake unveiled the name of the final production ExoMars Rover, Rosalind Franklin. Rosalind will be the vehicle that travels to the red planet next year.
Launched in December 2011, Pleiades is a constellation of two very-high-resolution satellites capable of acquiring imagery of any point on the globe in under 24 hours for civil and military users. The Pleiades system orbits the Earth at a distance of over 400 miles but can still take photos with up-to 50cm resolution. Orbiting twice a day, they can cover over 1 million square kilometres of the globe on each pass.
Visitors to the Techno Zone® are invited to come and see the completed Sting S4 light aircraft built by RAF Cadets from Northern Ireland, as part of the Centennial Wings project supported by Boeing and The Air League.
The Sting arrived at the Ulster Aviation Society (the base of the NI build team) in early 2016, the year of Boeing's centennial, and was built over two years by cadets as part of their ATC curriculum. The flagship STEM project, a collaboration between Boeing, youth aviation charity The Air League, and the RAF Cadets, launched as a bridge between Boeing's 100th anniversary in 2016 and the RAF's centenary in 2018. The completed aircraft was on display in the Techno Zone in 2018 and since then has been certified to fly by the FAA.
Visitors can come up close to the aircraft and also meet the cadets who built the plane, as well as their squadron leaders who guided them through the process. Centennial Wings is designed to complement the existing ATC cadet curriculum with a hands-on experience of engineering in action, from project management, planning, parts and assembly through to flight certification and flight. Keep checking @BoeingUK and @aircraftbuildNI for updates and use the #BoeingInspires hashtag to join in the conversation before and during the show.
Immersive Theatres provide unique digital planetarium experiences. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by immersing yourself in the thrill of the Apollo 11 descent. You'll enjoy high resolution 360° imagery of Moon buggies, jogging astronauts and humankind's 'one giant leap'. You'll also learn how to find the two largest planets with the naked eye after sunset.
To understand our changing environment we need good measurement, and the Metrology for Earth Observation and Climate (MetEOC) project at the National Physical Laboratory is developing techniques for pushing the limits of measurement of environmental and climate variables.
A part of this work is to improve calibration and validation of spectrally resolved light data gathered by orbiting satellites. From the spectral "signatures" we obtain from oceans, forests and deserts, we can gain a sound understanding of the health of our planet.
Our stand uses a working spectroradiometer mounted in a model satellite to show in real time how the instrument can tell the difference between healthy and non-healthy plant cover - including using light frequencies not visible to the human eye!
QinetiQ is a leading technology company, primarily in the defence, security and critical infrastructure industries, with over 3,000 scientists and engineers across the UK and internationally. As part of the Innovation Trail on Friday, find out about our electric ion propulsion engines powering the ESA and JAXA BepiColombo space mission to Mercury. In the Technozone all weekend, meet our meet our early careers apprentices and graduates who will guide you through several practical STEM activities, and meet with our cartoon artist who will capture your thoughts about the future of engineering on Friday and Saturday (the resulting artworks will be on display on Sunday).
Try your hand at robot programming, guiding the robot spacecraft from earth to mercury along the planned trajectory, visit our virtual Apollo 11 moon landing experience, and learn about the effect of a vacuum on everyday objects with our mini vacuum chamber demonstrations, illustrating test conditions for our ion engines used in long-distance space travel.For parents, teachers, youth group leaders or older children considering their own career choices and different pathways in STEM and other careers available at QinetiQ, do "ask us anything" at our careers information area of the QinetiQ stand in the TechnoZone all weekend with our early careers advisors and tutors.
Mini Quadcopter Challenge - Test your flying skills piloting a mini quadcopter around our obstacle course!
3D Snake - The old mobile phone snake game goes 3D with our LED cubies built in-house by our engineers. Can you beat the cube and get your snake to eat as much fruit as you can before you run out of space?
Aircraft Buzz Wire - Have you got a steady hand? Try to go the whole length of the plane before you set the buzzer off!
Raytheon STEM Quiz - Test your knowledge with the STEM quiz and win some prizes!
Do you fancy learning more about what lies beyond the earth's atmosphere? Join ace science busker David Price in some hands on activities as we scratch our heads about things like:
Junior Engineer Challenge on Friday
2019 sees students from 18 local Primary Schools competing for the title of Junior Engineer 2019. Stemworks Ltd has worked with the RAF Charitable Trust to run in-school workshops where students have to design and build a Mystery Machine. A winning team from each of the schools will come along to the Technozone® on Friday 19 July to take part in the inter schools final.
The students will face a three part competition:
Design Challenge - students will face a new brief and they will need to design and build a model to meet the specification set
Presentation - reflecting on the workshop in school, students have been asked to prepare a five minute presentation for a panel of judges. During the day each team will present their report / work. Judges are looking at how well the team worked, how they used their communication skills, how they solved the problems and the costings for their design, including any wastage.
The Finals - students will use the machines created in school to compete against the other schools to find the best design, and the Junior Engineer Champion.
In previous years we have seen students being further inspired by guest visitors and judges - including the Red Arrows Engineers (The Blues), Al Worden (Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot) and Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Defence). We wait to see who may drop in this year and we hope to see you during the day!