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AirBourne Aviation

Airbourne Aviation operates as the UK's only all-weather training facility so when other flight schools are unable to fly due to poor weather, training can continue uninterrupted utilising their approved full motion C42 flight training simulator. AirBourne also bring a simulator (below) to the Techno Zone® each year! This allows children and adults to experience flying a light aircraft and proves extremely popular.

On 10 January 2019, young aspiring pilot Eloeyse (above), who worked on the AirBourne Aviation stand at the 2018 Air Tattoo, flew solo for the first time in one of AirBourne's real C42 aircraft!

Watch the below video to see AirBourne's journey to the Air Tattoo!

Airbus Defence & Space

ExoMars Rover

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.

Pleiades Satellite

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.

Immersive Theatres

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.

National Physical Laboratory

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!


Science Made Simple

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:

  • Why in space no one can hear you trump
  • Getting from A to B in space without getting in a flap
  • Crazy constructions
  • Have a glimpse at the world of space engineering 


    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.

    Prizes are awarded for each of the competition elements and the Champions will be crowned during the afternoon.


    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! Hope to see you during the day.

    Lockheed Martin Secondary School Engineering Challenge on Saturday 

    Teams from eight schools in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire will be using their Science and Engineering know-how to design and build a system for safely delivering a package over the greatest distance. They are competing in the final of the Lockheed Martin Engineering Challenge. 

    Teams will be supported by qualified engineer are going to be given a taste of what it's like to be engineering designers while they attempt to catapult their objects the furthest. 

    The final takes place at 3.00pm so why not come along and cheer on your local school team.

    Meccano : Build A Jet on Sunday 

    How about demonstrating your own engineering skills and building your own Jet? Throughout the day, we will be running the Meccano build a Jet workshop. Older children and adults will have the opportunity to make a metal Jet model that can be taken away. Younger children can create a flying or Space themed vehicle from Junior Meccano. Models take about 15 minutes to make so can be made between your favourite flying displays.

    “It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

    Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

    “All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

    Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

    “Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

    Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

    “This is THE best airshow!”

    Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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