Lockheed Martin is opening a UK space technology office

UK researchers to develop giant space catapult

1 Apr 2015

Researchers at the UK’s newly launched catapult Catapult centre have received a £500m public-private funding boost to develop a magnetic launch system capable of slinging objects from the Earth’s surface into space.

Morphing wing

Nature-inspired morphing wings that recover from impacts set for UAV lift-off

26 Mar 2015

Researchers have created a robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions, a development that could inform the design of future drones.



Finished business

17 Mar 2015 | By Helen Knight

A new quality programme is intended to help manufacturers increase productivity and reduce waste.


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Cross-party support and parental misgivings

9 Mar 2015 | By Jason Ford

Many parents see apprenticeship schemes as worthwhile, but only if someone else’s child is doing one.


A long journey for LISA

6 Mar 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

The ‘exquisite’ Lisa Pathfinder spacecraft demonstrates how pushing the limits of science in space expands the capabilities of engineering on Earth


An overhead view of the facility

October 1960: High speed wind tunnels

15 Oct 2014 | By Jon Excell

In October 1960, The Engineer reported on the opening of two new high speed wind tunnels at the Warton Aerodrome, near Preston. 

The firing of the first test missile from trials ship HMS Girdle Ness

​This week in 1959: A rare sighting of the Seaslug

19 Feb 2014 | By Jon Excell

The Engineer gets its first look at the The Armstrong-Whitworth “Seaslug”, the UK Navy’s first guided surface to air missile

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