Navy plans autonomous boat tests and industry urges government action: 10 top stories of the week

Article Source: IMechE Survey shows stress at crisis levels Professional Engineering A survey of Professional Engineering readers found 77.8% said work is often stressful, and 67.5% have gone to work feeling emotionally or mentally unwell. There is more conversation than ever before about mental health and well-being, but do companies need to take a more fundamental approach … More Navy plans autonomous boat tests and industry urges government action: 10 top stories of the week

North Sea Link passes halfway point in Norway

Article Source: The Engineer Construction of the North Sea Link, the world’s longest subsea power cable, has passed the halfway point following an operation to move the cable through a Norwegian lake. North Sea Link, a joint venture project between National Grid and Norwegian system operator Statnett, is a subsea cable that will connect the … More North Sea Link passes halfway point in Norway

Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Article Source: The Engineer Researchers have developed MC-TENG, a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by the movement of the trees. Developed at Michigan State University (MSU), MC-TENG – multi-layered cylindrical triboelectric nanogenerator – generates electrical power by harvesting energy from the sporadic movement of the tree branches from which it hangs. MC-TENG … More Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Comment: pandemic highlights future importance of robots

Article Source: The Engineer As UK Robotics Week 2020 kicks off, Professor Robert Richardson, Chair of EPSRC UK-RAS Network  reflects on how the pandemic has  demonstrated the key role that robots can play in helping us deal with unexpected events. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented galvanising of the global scientific and technology community, who are coming together … More Comment: pandemic highlights future importance of robots

First ever UK spaceport gets planning permission

Article Source: IMechE The UK’s first ever spaceport has received planning permission, bringing orbital spaceflight from British soil a step closer. The Highland Council gave the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport today (26 June). The facility will be built in Melness, on the northern coast of Scotland. The project aims to capitalise on … More First ever UK spaceport gets planning permission

INWED20: Diversity is integral to McMenon

Article Source: The Engineer Shiby Bernard, Chief Operations Officer at McMenon, gives her take on women in engineering and how they are playing their part in shaping the company. I feel a sense of gratitude to International Women In Engineering Day for not only reminding the world about the role of women in engineering, but celebrating … More INWED20: Diversity is integral to McMenon

Poll: should UK government bailout the aerospace sector?

Article Source: The Engieer The French government’s €15bn bailout of its aerospace has prompted calls for the UK government to do the same. But should it?  Few areas of industry have been untouched by the COVID-19 crisis, but none have had the rug pulled from beneath them quite as spectacularly as civil aerospace. The immediate … More Poll: should UK government bailout the aerospace sector?

Comment: How Covid-19 will make aviation stronger

Article Source: The Engineer The shocks to aviation from Covid-19 will lead to much needed increases in levels of resilience, says Cranfield University air safety expert Prof Graham Braithwaite I once spent time with an airline dealing with the fall-out from a serious accident. They’d always had a great safety record and the incident came … More Comment: How Covid-19 will make aviation stronger

Covid-19 forces 9,000 job cuts at Rolls-Royce

Article Source: The Engineer Rolls-Royce is to shed 9,000 positions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has all but grounded the civil aviation industry. The company said that the commercial aerospace market will take several years to return to pre-Covid-19 levels and is instigating a cut in expenditure – including plant and property – … More Covid-19 forces 9,000 job cuts at Rolls-Royce