Programme leader, Jerzy Bakunowicz, reports on the recent trip to Germany…
On January 20th, a group of 29 Aerospace and Aerospace with Pilot Studies students along with five members of staff, visited the Airbus factory in Bremen, Germany.
Bremen is the second-largest Airbus site in Germany and is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programmes. Its origins date back to the famous Focke-Wulf design and manufacturing site.
However, on this trip the focus was on the centre of competence for space transportation, manned space flight and space robotics.
The standard factory guided trip allowed seeing historical and more current projects, such as the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Ariane 5 space launcher and the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. As well as spending a couple of minutes on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and inside mission room.
It was a rare opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge in space technology, a core part of the Aerospace course.
And of course, after the fruitful engineering part of the day, one could admire the beauty of the renowned German Hanseatic city.