QinetiQ at Paris Airshow 2007

18 Jun 2007

The UK Pavilion in Hall 2b, Stand J11b

This year QinetiQ’s stand at the International Paris airshow focuses how it is helping the civil and defence aerospace industry to face the pressing challenges of creating sustainable growth for aviation. We are showcasing our innovative solutions in areas of air transport, sustainable aviation, airport operations, surveillance, simulation and training and sovereign class satellites – short synopses of which are below:

QinetiQ’s VAAC Harrier undertakes payload boosting landing trials on the French carrier Charles de Gaulle as part of a JSF-programme

QinetiQ and the MOD Joint Test and Evaluation Group, which comprise the UK Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre, are currently undertaking a series of landing trials of a short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft on to the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle carrier, using QinetiQ’s Vectored-thrust Aircraft Advanced Control (VAAC) experimental Harrier.

Undertaken as part of the US Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme on behalf of the UK MOD Joint Combat Aircraft Integrated Project Team (JCA IPT), the trials were designed to expand the limits and knowledge of ship rolling vertical landings (SRVL) as a possible aircraft recovery technique for the Royal Navy’s two projected Future Carrier (CVF) vessels.

Verhaert Space win strengthens QinetiQ space business

Verhaert Space, the leading Belgian space system operator acquired by QinetiQ in 2005, has secured a major long-term service agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to maintain and operate the Redu satellite ground station in Belgium, in partnership with SES ASTRA, an SES company. The 10-year contract allows the partners to offer satellite and operations services to commercial customers, as well as providing services to ESA.

The activities conducted by the ESA Redu station comprise ground control and in-orbit testing of satellites for ESA missions. Verhaert Space and the SES ASTRA subsidiary, SES ASTRA TechCom, will provide maintenance and operations services to ESA at Redu. For this purpose a new joint Belgian company, Redu Space Services, has been created.

QinetiQ speech recognition technology allows voice command of avionics systems

A QinetiQ technology that allows any pilot to control aircraft systems by voice command has successfully completed a new round of flight trails on a UK Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter.
The Direct Voice Input (DVI) system facilitates the control of aircraft systems using standard aircrew helmet microphones and intercom.

World first as fast jet pilot directs multiple unmanned aircraft

A system which provides a single pilot with the ability to fly their own aircraft while simultaneously directing up to four further unmanned aircraft has been successfully demonstrated from the cockpit of a military fast jet for the first time. The system, developed by QinetiQ and funded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), gives unmanned aircraft an advanced level of independence and intelligence, or autonomy. A series of successful flight trials were flown using a Tornado as the command and control aircraft and a BAC 1-11 trials aircraft acting as a "surrogate" unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The Tornado pilot also had responsibility for commanding a further three simulated UAVs.

UK Taranis UAV passes first major milestone

The £124m Taranis Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator programme, with BAE Systems as the industry lead and prime contractor, and other industry partners comprising QinetiQ, Rolls Royce and Smiths Aerospace, has reached a major milestone with the design of the autonomous systems now finalised.

Taranis will be the largest UAV yet built in the UK, and as part of the UK MOD’s Strategic Unmanned Air Vehicle (Experiment) (SUAV(E)) programme will explore and demonstrate how emerging technologies and systems can deliver battle-winning capabilities for the UK armed forces.

Europe's largest motoring organisation ADAC orders cueSim full flight simulators

ADAC, Europe's largest motoring organisation with 15.8 million members, has placed contracts with cueSim Ltd, a subsidiary of QinetiQ, for two full flight helicopter simulators in support of air rescue services. The cueSim full flight simulators (FFS) will be used to train and check pilots for the Eurocopter EC135 and EC145 at ADAC´s “HEMS-Academy”. “HEMS-Academy” is a newly established training academy for ADAC´s own helicopter pilots as well as for its customers.

QinetiQ and Boeing collaborate to help define MTDS needs of UK forces

Front line aircrew are now contributing to the crucial experimental phase of the £7.8m / 30 month UK Mission Training through Distributed Simulation – Capability Concept Demonstrator (MTDS – CCD) programme at RAF Waddington.

Being delivered by QinetiQ, Boeing and other Team ACTIVE members, this experimental phase involves a series of events with front line aircrew, to explore the military utility of a comprehensive and realistic synthetic training environment for aircrew training. It shows how pilots and other forces can exercise simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic in the same multi aircraft combat scenarios, where the emphasis is on tactical operations not basic flying skills. These events are designed to prove that such a facility could be used for training, research purposes, technology assessment or equipment demonstration.

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QinetiQ at Paris Airshow 2007