Largest plane in the world ‘will launch up to three hypersonic test vehicles per flight’

Article Source: IMechE The Stratolaunch will reportedly be capable of carrying three Talon-A test vehicles beneath its central wing (Credit: Stratolaunch) The largest aeroplane in the world will be capable of launching three newly-announced hypersonic test vehicles per flight, its developers have said. American firm Stratolaunch released details of its Talon-A test vehicles online. The 8.5m autonomous … More Largest plane in the world ‘will launch up to three hypersonic test vehicles per flight’

Covid-19 call to action – from the Government

Article Source: Business South Good afternoon,The Government Commercial Function (GCF) needs your help to build a resource pool to provide a rapid response to critical COVID-19 requirements, most urgently to deliver 30,000 new ventilators.Please review the list below and if you have any experience of working within these sectors, complete the attached template and return … More Covid-19 call to action – from the Government

Nano-structured human tissue replacement could help fight antibiotic resistance

Article Source: IMechE Samples of the new ‘nano-rubber’ material (Credit: Anna Lena Lundqvist/ Chalmers) A new rubber-like material with a “unique” set of properties could be used as a replacement for human tissues, researchers have claimed. Known as ‘nano-rubber’, the material “has the potential to make a big difference to many people’s lives”, according to … More Nano-structured human tissue replacement could help fight antibiotic resistance

Government urged to take ‘whatever steps necessary’ on coronavirus impact after export slump

Article Source: IMechE The government must work with industry and take “whatever steps are necessary” to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on manufacturing, an industry organisation has said, after a survey showed exports at their lowest level in three years. The manufacturing sector “ground to a standstill” at the end of 2019 as the … More Government urged to take ‘whatever steps necessary’ on coronavirus impact after export slump

Oxford team develops rapid coronavirus test

Article Source: The Engineer Oxford scientists in the UK and China have developed a rapid new coronavirus test that can identify COVID-19 in 30 minutes. Existing viral RNA tests take 1.5 to 2 hours to give a result. The new test, developed by scientists from the University of Oxford’s Engineering Science Department and the Oxford … More Oxford team develops rapid coronavirus test

Stockpile substitution could have major consequences

Article Source: The Engineer Customers substituting analogous products during the coronavirus outbreak could have disastrous consequences on infrastructure and supply chains. The UK has seen panic-buying of products such as toilet paper set in as the scale of the coronavirus pandemic has grown. As a result, many consumers have also been stocking up on similar … More Stockpile substitution could have major consequences

Government calls on manufacturers to help make NHS ventilators

Article Source: The Engineer Amid growing concerns over the shortage of critical equipment required to treat some Coronavirus patients, the government is asking whether UK manufacturers can turn their hands to the production and assembly of ventilators. With the NHS expected to require many more ventilators than the 5000 devices currently thought to be in … More Government calls on manufacturers to help make NHS ventilators